By Benjamin Njoku & Kehinde Ajose
AS Nigerians have continued to celebrate the election of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) as the next President of the country,emotions are still running high among showbiz stars that threw their weights behind President Goodluck Jonathan’s desire to remain in office beyond May 29.
The entertainers, who met with Mr. President in Lagos, few weeks before March 28, Presidential election have openly endorsed the re-election bid of Mr. President. But surprisingly, after all said and done, the PDP presidential candidate, lost the battle to his APC counterpart, General Muhammadu Buhari.
The social media ever since releasing the presidential election results has been awash with mixed-reactions with showbiz stars leading the way. Some of them have either maintained their support for the outgoing President or congratulated the incoming one. Former President of Actors Guild of Nigeria,AGN, Ibinabo Fiberesima-Egbuka rank among the first of entertainers that still maintain her beliefs in the PDP presidential candidate.
The actress, took to her facebook page to expressed her beliefs in with Jonathan, noting that the president was “overwhelmed by the reactionary forces from within.” According to her, Jonathan is not just a rare gem but also, her hero. “He is a very good man. Nigeria has just lost the one who was brought to us to set a solid foundation for greatness. The reactionary forces overwhelmed him especially from within.
My friend and brother GEJ is a good man. It is well with him. We fought a good fight. Thanks to all of you who believed in him. It was not a wasted confidence. He has more to give to the world.” Congratulating General Buhari on his victory, Ibinabo reminded the incoming president that “ Nigeria belongs to us all.
Let’s love her.” Also, reacting in the same manner, superstar D’banj whose 2011 infamous interview with the President generated a huge backlash wrote on his Instagram timeline, “I have never been more proud to be a Nigerian than this moment. History has been made. I am definitely feeling this nation”.
Recall that D’banj was a staunch supporter of GEJ’s first term bid. For African Queen crooner and coordinator of the Vote Not Fight Campaign ,2face Idibia, “ I want to say congratulations to this true Nigerians. Congrats to GEJ for conducting the most free and fairest election in Nigeria and congratulations to General Muhammadu Buhari as the President-Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Versatile comedian, Bovi simply posted, “Congratulations to the president elect,the people have spoken.” Omoni Oboli who is a staunch supporter of GEJ wrote, “Congratulations to you all! Nigeria won! God bless Nigeria!”, while veteran actress, Joke Silva went spiritual, writing on her Instagram timeline, “My Lord,what a morning.
I am in tears this morning, tears of joy,tears of gratitude to the God who has had mercy on Nigeria. Yes, my father,you are doing a new thing. It has sprung forth.” Meanwhile, comparing Buhari’s victory to that of Arsenal, actress Toyin Aimakhu said, “I know quite a number of you have been waiting for this, so here it is.
To start with, I love you all and if you insult me I will jegalise you. A lot of you have been Arsenal fans for a very long time and even without many victories, you still support them, so I urge you all to view this as one of those matches, people lose, they get hurt and eventually get over it and move on. I congratulate APC and I believe in one Nigeria despite your abuses and insults.”
Also, joining other entertainers to express her feelings on her facebook page, U.S based Nigerian porn star, Judith Mazagwu known as Afrocandy wrote, “In as much as it hurts me greatly,I still wish Nigerians good luck with their new President-Elect. At least Buhari, his northern brothers and all the backstabbing betrayers will have some peace and maybe, that would restore peace and stability to the once great nation.”