“Military men pointed guns at me” – Omotola Jalade

Asides from the glitz and glamour that comes with being an actress, Omotola Jalde Ekeinde is a superstar and activist who bares her mind on the ills in the society.

Just days ago, there was palpable outrage on social media, after the screen diva, Omotola bemoaned the continued assault on citizens by men in uniform as well as the general insecurity everywhere. The post, which she tagged both President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, went viral immediately it was released.

She had tweeted: “The country under your watch is Hellish! The lack of money in circulation, coupled with continuous assault and killings by uniformed men, will make this country implode! It is unbearable. Do something. Insecurity. Fear and desperation everywhere.”

Reacting over the backlash faced over a tweet, Omosexy as she is fondly called said she is not overwhelmed by the reactions. She added that she had faced bullets and military men in the past.

In her words: ”I’m not overwhelmed by the reactions, especially the negative ones. I expected them. These ones were just talk. I faced bullets before. I faced military men pointing guns at me, and so, the negative reactions were nothing to me. And why would I want to ruffle any nest? Who doesn’t want to hide his or her head? Do you know that when I had cause to speak up against previous governments, I was attacked? Not by words alone. But my business, my personal life, my finances were attacked. It is not something I enjoy doing, but sometimes, I worry too like every other normal human being. I worry for my safety. I worry for the safety of people around me”, he stated in a chat with Guardian.

Speaking further, the ‘Alter Ego’ actress noted that she has no choice than to speak the truth.

“People think this is a joke. They think it is funny. They think it is something somebody just wakes up to do. I don’t have a choice than to speak the truth. I live here and I’m a born activist. I’m not just an activist, because I want to talk or I want people to notice me, this is who I’m. I have been like this since I was a child. Everybody who knew me as a child would tell you that Omotola wouldn’t stand injustice. I’m that person who will speak out. Sometimes, I fight against myself too. I am like shut up, shut up; you don’t have to say everything. Keep quiet. I guess you can’t fight whom God has made you”.

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