The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, accepted the apology of singer/songwriter, Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy.
Charly Boy had erroneously stated that a photograph of Saraki’s visit to Ogoniland in Rivers State was a picture of the Senate President after being chased by youths in Kwara State.
After a series of Twitter users, including Saraki’s Head of New Media, Olu Onemola, called his attention to the fact that the picture he posted was taken during Senator Saraki’s oversight visit to Ogoniland as Chairman of the 7th Senate’s Committee on Environment and Ecology, Charly Boy, who uses @AreaFada1 handle on Twitter, apologised to the politician, stating that he was in a hurry to post before verifying the veracity of the story.
Saraki, through his Twitter handle: @BukolaSaraki, tweeted back at Charly Boy, stating that he accepts his apology.
He said: “Dear Charlyboy (@Areafada1), I appreciate your coming forward to admit that your post against me was ill-conceived. It takes a lot to do that.
“I agree that we all see things from our respective lenses, but without disregard to what is permissible by an average mind. It is therefore imperative that we observe circumspection at all times so we don’t have to say the avoidable ‘sorry.’”
Apparently misled by social media posts, Charley Boy had written: “E never start. Saraki after he escaped the mob attack by people of Lafiagi in his own state. May all those who have conspired to render us hopeless, penniless and frustrated, may nemesis catch up with them.”
However, hours later and upon realising that the photograph was taken when Saraki led a delegation on an oversight visit to assess the level of oil spillage in Ogoniland in 2012, he then tweeted: “APOLOGY TO SENATE PRESIDENT SARAKI My earlier post on Senate president Bukola Saraki was incorrect. I admit I was in a hurry to post before verifying the veracity of the story. I apologise for this avoidable error.”