A GoFundMe account set up for embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, also known as Baba Ijesha, has set tongues wagging when it surfaced on social media.
Ijesha who is still standing trial for alleged sexual assault of a minor, saw some of his fans and followers create a GoFundMe account to help him to cover his legal fees.
The fundraiser, with a target of €50,000, (over N20m) titled, ‘Help Olanrewaju Omiyinka with Legal Costs,’ was organized by one Oladele Matti, who resides in Dublin, Ireland.
However, the GoFundMe account has generated a major backlash on social media as some Nigerians expressed their displeasure on Facebook.
A Facebook user, Jessica Mogbo, said, “See some people supporting this act. How many sick actors or actresses have they raised funds for? Misplaced priorities.”
Olatunji Amida also said, “This is a fraudulent act and must be condemned. Oladele Matti who resides in Dublin Ireland should know the implication of the charges levelled against Baba Ijesha. I think he has ulterior motives and personal interests in the GoFundMe proceeds! This is absolutely a misplaced priority.”
According to Omowumi Esther, a fundraiser is an act of wickedness, “This just shows how bad the world has become. Celebrating a supposed paedophile? I can’t believe the wickedness, selfishness, and lawlessness. How can humans be so wicked?”
“It’s very wrong to support a man who has no manners and morals. Supporting him is like promoting having carnal relationships with children,” Christian Paschal said.
Tajudeen Buhari said, “They are always quick to raise money for any form of criminality but can’t raise money to empower the youths and unfortunately, many senseless graduates will still keep hailing their action. What a nation!”
Describing the action as “arrant nonsense,” Ogunsola Nurudeen asked, “Why not persuade those human rights lawyers for legal assistance if truly he didn’t commit the allegations levelled against him?”
“Same friends that bash the Nigerian government every day, why raise money for someone accused of sexual assault? With a child for that matter. Absolute lunacy. Gofundme should take that rubbish page down ASAP (as soon as possible), ” Luciano Omo said.
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