Some Nigerians have tackled the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, for calling out Hushpuppi after the Dubai police released details of his alleged fraudulent activities on Thursday.
Dabiri-Erewa had slammed Hushpuppi for “having the audacity to show off” after allegedly committing fraud to the tune of over N160 billion in the United Arab Emirates alongside 12 of his gang members.
The Dabai police, in a short video documentary, had said Hushpuppi (real name Ramon Olorunwa Abbas) and 12 of his gang members stole 1.6 billion Dhirams from over 1.9 million victims through online scams.
The NiDCOM chairman, in a tweet on Thursday, berated Hushpuppi for “denting” Nigeria’s image through his alleged criminal activities in the UAE capital.
“Committing crime and still having the audacity to show off. Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi . This is really denting to our image as a people , but like I always say ,fraud does not represent who we are as Nigerians. Hardworking. dedicated, committed,” Dabiri-Erewa had said.
But some Nigerians who reacted to her tweeted criticised her for failing to call out politicians in the country who in their opinion have committed more fraud than Hushpuppi.
Below are some of the reactions to the NiDCOM chairman’s tweet:
@SaintPa96170886: “…fraud does not represent who Nigerians are? No be there atiku, dasuki, diezani, to mention a few and everyone and everything PDP dey? Wetin dese one represent, holiness?”.
@Okashi_soup: “I like that @abikedabiri is speaking up against Hushpuppi, I just wished she spoke up like this against Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje when he was hiding millions in his agbada.”
@AmaniOkite: “The Nigerian government is a bigger scam and a disgrace to the idea of government and democracy, No he didn’t dent our image he highlighted the already dented image of his country, an image that was dented by it’s own so called rulers.”
@AustineYusuf: “More Denting is the actions of our shameless corrupt Politicians and supposed Leaders who over the years ceaselessly raped the future of every Youth in this country looting every single drop of life in the economy with no remorse, This ma is the product of their labour. Cheers”
@H_BerryOffcial: “That’s a lie madam, a big fat lie sorry to say. In Nigeria, corruption is dwelling comfortably at the top that made her citizen to fend for themselves either by hook or by crook. You yourself don’t care about us, the government don’t care it’s more like all man for himself.”
@ShadedThoughtss: “The utter confidence you have to write this is beyond me. How can you call out these guys nd turn a blind eye to you and your colleagues?! Almost all of the politicians in Nigeria (over 95%) are just as bad as Hushpuppi and his gang. You all steal money that’s meant for the nation.”