Following the success of his last sunday show #Olic4, Olamide has drawn social media backlash for inviting a police officer attached to the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, to perform at his event.
Olamide posted a flyer to announce Yomi SARS’ scheduled performance at the fourth edition of Olamide Live in Concert event in Lagos.
The event is currently underway at Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The disclosure angered Twitter users, who attacked Olamide for being insensitive.
Yomi SARS has defended his department from allegations of rights abuses which dominated social media discussion this month.
Many users want SARS shuttered and a new department devoid of ‘uncivilized and criminal-minded persons’ be created to replace it.
Olamide was amongst the earliest celebrities to join the campaign, which has trended on social media as #EndSARS.
The police acknowledged the gruesome allegations of rights abuses leveled against SARS personnel across the country, but said a minor restructuring will suffice rather than an outright dissolution.
Yomi SARS, whose real name is not immediately known, has defended the action of SARS personnel amidst campaign to shut the department down. He’s also a music artist.
Here are some of the reactions to Yomi SARS’ scheduled outing as posted on Twitter:
The real shock is not Yomi SARS performing at OLIC. It is that folks actually overrated Olamide’s intelligence.
— Ifreke Inyang (@Ifreke) December 17, 2017
Yomi SARS started the Oja ti burst song with a description of a random encounter with a SARS officer “Hide your money, your iTunes and your finger print ” LOOOL. Nigeria na banter
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) December 17, 2017
Boycott olic4 to protest against olamide having yomi SARS amongst artists to perform should be a thing. You people shouldn’t be stupid.
First he couldn’t support the movement.
Now he’s giving you a slap by allowing yomi SARS play in his concert. SMH
— El Capitan Futuro II (@Jibsman1) December 17, 2017
The fact that Olamide is planning to put Yomi SARS on that stage is enough reason for people to boycott the show.
— Vladimir JB Femi-Ema (@femiTRIP) December 17, 2017
So Olamide is giving Yomi SARS a platform to perform at OLIC 4.
It’s one thing to be ignorant & not understand consequences of your actions. It’s another thing to be aware of it but completely detached from the reality that’s going on around you. Zero emotional intelligence.
— DANZOR FLICKS (@iamdanzor) December 17, 2017
There’s nothing wrong with Yomi SARS performing at Olamide’s concert.
Its not like he’s the one y’all are protesting against, he just works for the organization.
— peenut (@lusciouspeenut) December 17, 2017
How on earth do you bring Yomi Sars to Perform for the same Youths that he & his Colleagues Brutalise & humiliate? No Respect for the Youths from Olamide after all the #EndSARS tweets. Tragic
— KinG NomSo? (@ani_nomso) December 17, 2017
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