British-Nigerian singer Tinie Temper has come under fire following his Independence Post on Instagram where he called Nigerians ‘419ers’.
In an Instagram post marking Nigeria’s 56 Independence Anniversary singer said:
“Happy Nigerian Independence 2 all my Brothers, Sisters, Aunties, Uncles, Lawyers, Doctors, Pastors, Billionaires, Musicians, Chiefs, graduates & 419ers.”
The post has attracted serious backlash from Nigerians who found it insultive.
‘419’ is a Nigerian term for fraudster that came into use following the promulgation of Part VI Section 419 chapter 38 of the Nigerian Criminal Code bothering on offences concerning fraud and cheating.
Nigeria has been perceived internationally as a country a high number of fraudulent people although previous administrations of President Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar Adua and Goodluck Jonathan with the present Buhari administration have made frantic efforts to redeem Nigeria’s image and tackle corruption in the country.
President Olusegun Obasanjo introduced the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in 2000 and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2003 while Under President Yar’adua, Prof. Dora Akunyili launched a Rebranding Campaign tagged “Nigeria Good people Great Nation,” in 2009. Also, President Muhammadu Nigeria introduced the “Change Begins with You” campaign in September 2016..