Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman, also known professionally as Oxlade, has broken his silence about why he restricted the Instagram account of late Nigerian rapper Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, a.k.a Mohbad.
Following the death of Mohbad on September 12, celebrities, fans, and Nigerians have continued to pay respect to the ‘peace’ hitmaker.
While paying his respects to Mohbad among other Nigerians, Oxlade shared a screenshot of his Instagram discussion with him.
However, a closer check at the chat revealed that Mohbad’s account had been restricted, which irritated other Nigerians who resorted to various social media sites to call him out on the act.
Despite the fact that the ‘Kulosa’ singer removed the screenshot, he has received a lot of flak and criticism from Nigerians.
In a post on his X (previously Twitter) account late Friday, Oxlade explained that the reason for blocking Mohbad’s account was not to berate or ignore him, but to allow him to properly respond to his chat.
According to him, his record label manages his social media accounts, and blocking an account communicates to his record label that communications from such accounts are significant.
He also expressed regret for receiving death threats as a result of the situation, but insisted that he did not take the threats personally.
In the lengthy statement, he wrote, “Tape drop, I no talk. Lawsuit matter, I no talk. Lost endorsements. I still did not send it. You drag me for TikTok. Call me oxtail. Because the doctor put me on vocal rest for nodules, you people still neva cared, but I still never send.
“On This matter, I won’t be quiet. How do you think people like me manage the DMs? We have teams. I restrict certain accounts to only me/my phone so only I can reply. I’m not clearing my name. I am giving you facts.
“I’ve lost a friend, and I can’t grieve properly because elders and blogs want to use me for clickbait. Fighting against bullying, but you are bullying me. Make it make sense. I’m not speaking on this again, please. Let’s focus on getting justice. Make una use una time to do better things and leave other people to live.
“Note: I only restrict accounts I have a personal relationship with because my label runs my account in order not to miss important bookings and business conversations. So the restricted account is a way of pointing out to my label that the messages from these accounts are private and come from my close friends.
“I have been getting death threats ever since the event was unveiled but I don’t take anything personal because everything happens for a reason. You can silence me with a scandal but you can never dim my light. Imole season for a reason. Love; Gaza.”