Singer, Naira Marley, has responded after he and ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Kim Oprah, were branded a ‘bunch of useless people’ by the Chairman of ExecuJet, Sam Iwuajoku, after his company had their operations suspended by the Ministry of Aviation.
The action was taken after the company flew them and eight others from Lagos to Abuja where Naira Marley performed at a concert in violation of the interstate travel band and social distancing rules currently in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Iwuajoku had in an apology letter addressed to the Minister of Aviation, claimed that the flight, though approved, had been meant for the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola since the same name appeared on the flight manifest.
“As a rule, passenger manifest is always sent to me before any departure, when I went through the manifest and I saw Fashola Babatunde I thought it was the Honourable Minister of works going to Abuja with his men, so we decided to do the flight since it is a serving minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I didn’t know that it was a bunch of useless people,” the letter reads in part
Naira Marley, 26, responded to the comment in a series of tweets he shares on Tuesday.
The ‘Soapy’ singer, whose real name is Azeez Fashola, claimed he identified himself before he got on the flight.
“Lool they asked for our names on the jet though and looooooooool ur pilot is a Marlian and everybody there is a Marlian too.. my name is Azeez Adeshina Fashola and my lil brothers name isMoshood Babatunde Fashola and u was begging me to tag y’all,” he wrote.
He also announced that neither he nor his 20,000 fans who currently fly with the company will ever do so again.
“Do u know that over 20,000 Marlians travel with executive jet a month. We won’t be using ur useless airline again for calling us useless. Thank God we didn’t crash on that flight sha because we nearly did. BTW We didn’t book the flight ourselves,” he wrote.
Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja, where the concert was held, was on Sunday sealed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for violating the ban on public gatherings.
The management of the mall had earlier apologised, stating that the event was supposed to be a drive-through concert but got out of hand after some fans gained entrance into the venue when Naira Marley came on stage.