Nigerian rapper Olamide has come out to say that it is not his intention to promote tobacco use in the country.
This comes after the Federal Ministry of Health raised concerns over the rapper’s track, ‘Wo.’
“No intentions of promoting tobacco to get people killed. I love my people. I love my country, one love, one Nigeria #ClearTheAir,” Olamide tweeted.
No intentions of promoting tobacco to get people killed, I love my people, I love my country, one love , one Nigeria #ClearTheAir 🇳🇬Oya Wo !
— Olamide Adedeji (@olamide_YBNL) August 22, 2017
After this tweet, the ministry replied and thanked him for the message.
“Thank you rapper Olamide for your response. We respect this heart for the health of the people and your fans. Responsibility! #ClearTheAir.”
— Health Ministry NGR (@Fmohnigeria) August 22, 2017
News broke earlier in some songs that were made by Olamide, Davido and 9ice had been banned in Nigeria. The action was taken by the National Broadcasting Corporation of Nigeria, on behalf of the federal government.
The Federal ministry of Health, at the time, raised concerns about some of the songs promoting tobacco, a substance which has its promotion, advertising and sponsorship banned.