A second public apology has been given by Brymo, a famous Nigerian singer whose real name is Olawale Olofooro. Brymo had previously spoken on the possibility of a president of Nigeria coming from the South East.
The musician was criticised for his comments that an Igbo presidency was a “pipe dream” due to the support for Biafra from influential people in the region.
Brymo tweeted, “as long as there (are) talks by prominent people from Igboland about Biafra, an Igbo presidency will be a pipe dream.”
Brymo, a supporter of Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, urged southeasterners first to try their luck at the vice presidential seat.
Many people on social media have taken offence to his remarks, labelling him an “Igbophobe” and a “tribal bigot.”
On Friday night, though, Brymo posted an apology on Instagram.
He went on air to explain that he had started the whole thing when he commented on Chimamanda Adichie’s decision to decline national honours in favour of a chieftaincy title in her birthplace of Abba, Anambra State.
Apologising, he said, “I did not insult the tribe, I am sorry to anyone who it sounded as such to. I was trying to weigh into a very important matter.”
On Monday morning, though, he tweeted a second apology: “Forgive my assertions that came across as bigoted spewings against the Igbo tribe. I did not mean to do harm. I am sorry!!
After thousands of Nigerians signed a petition to prevent him from winning the All Africa Music Award in the ‘Songwriter of the Year’ category, the musician issued his first apology.