Comedian, Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni, has explained why he declined an invitation to meet Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The Vice President on Wednesday hosted a team of young skit practitioners at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The delegation, under the aegis of the Nigeria Skits Industry Awards (NSIA), was led by its promoter, Bimbo Daramola.
Those on the delegation were Maryam Apaokagi popularly known as Taooma; Josh Alfred (Josh2funny); Ayo Ajewole (Woli Agba); Adebamiro Adeyanju (Mr Hyenana) and Adeoye Adeyemi Elesho (Yemi Elesho).
The visit has since attracted criticisms for those who attended.
While social media users lashed those that attended, they commended Mr Macaroni for not going.
Speaking on his absence, in a lengthy post on social media, Mr Macaroni, who has been lending his voice to social injustice, said he declined because of his anger with political leaders.
He said he does not want to be associated with them because of how the country has been governed over the years.
Mr Macaroni however said he believed those that went did so in their quest for a better nation as that’s what they’ve been fighting for all these while.
He said; “First, I do not think there is an association of skit makers. If there is, then I don’t know anything about it. And that would be fine because I am an Actor/Thespian first before the Tag “Skit Maker”.
“So I don’t think those that went to see the VP without me or anyone else meant to sideline me. I want to believe they were invited to see The VP by the organizers of an Award Ceremony the same way I was invited. The only difference is that I declined the invitation.
“The reason I declined is simple. As a citizen, I’m not happy with our leaders and I do not want to associate with them. It’s ok if others believe that sitting with the Govt will change certain things and decide to try it out. I don’t think they should be crucified for that.
“I have just seen too much to know that The govt sees and hears everything. They and their workers are always on the Internet. They know what we cry and complain about and they do nothing about it. So what will sitting down with them to tell them what they already know change?
“I don’t know what was discussed in that meeting as I wasn’t there. But I don’t believe those that went would go there to say anything other than demanding for better governance and leadership as we all have been doing all these while.”