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Eedris Abdulkareem begged to support Buhari – Festus Keyamo (SAN) dossier on artiste flouts all privacy laws in the book

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Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo has opened the dossier of hip hop artiste, Eedris Abdulkareem after he released a song, ‘jagajaga reloaded’ to disparage the minister.

Abdulkareem’s new song, ‘jagajaga reloaded’ disparaged Keyamo, saying “where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o.”

Keyamo, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, took to his twitter handle and released different private conversations he had with Abdulkareem exposing the artists for begging for money – flouting all privacy laws in the book.

According to Keyamo, “Eedris Abdulkareem just released a song, ‘jagajaga reloaded’, where he waxed the following lyrics, “where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o”. I laughed out so loud and even danced to the rhythm too. But there’s a small story behind this poor attempt at blackmail.

“In 2018, when I was named the Director of Strategic Communications for Buhari Campaign Organisation Eedris waxed a song in support of Buhari & wanted to join us, albeit for a fee. He then made desperate efforts to see me through text messages from his phone no. 07019691772.

“When I finally met with him, I listened to the songs, but told him I had no budget for such or any for that matter. I explained that my job was voluntary. It was the same thing I told so many other so-called activists-by-day-and-hustlers-at-night who secretly approached me,” he said.

Keyamo said Abdulkareem then switched to the fact that he wanted a loan to pay for his hotel bills to the tune of N1.3m & to cater for his ‘sick mum,’ saying “that was already running into more than N3m. However, one govt functionary called me to say he told him another story that his child was sick.

Keyamo's conversation with Abdulkareem

“He begged me to introduce him to Malami (AGF), Amaechi & the SGF and to paint a good ‘PR’ for him. He pledged that he was with us in the campaign with his whole ‘body and soul’. But at this point, I knew he was a desperate hustler who could embarrass me, so I ghosted him”

Privacy law refers to the laws that deal with the regulation, storing, and using of personally identifiable information, personal healthcare information, and financial information of individuals, which can be collected by governments, public or private organisations, or other individuals.

Mr Keyamo also revealed the artists phone number in one of the encrypted messages NewsWireNGR has decided to take out of this story exposing Mr Abdulkarim who doubles as an activists and entertainer. Eedris is known to criticise the Nigerian Government since from the days of Olusegun Obasanjo who was President in the 90’s

Privacy laws are considered within the context of an individual’s privacy rights or within reasonable expectation of privacy.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to privacy The interpretation of these rights varies by country and are not always harmonious.

According to Olumide Babalola, Data protection and privacy are almost alien to the Nigerian society. Data subjects are, mostly, oblivious of their property rights in data and Data collectors/administrators are numb to their corresponding duty to protect and/or respect the privacy data entrusted in their hands. Ultimately, there seems or seemed to be a deafening complicit silence or absence of regulators in this field.

“Up until the emergence of negligible few civil societies which recently made data privacy and protection their core concerns, Nigerians have never really bordered about whatever happened to their data so long their other economic/physical rights remained undisturbed” – Babalola wrote.

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