Just about when everyone was focused on the protests against the Federal Government, popular public speaker, blogger and social activist Japheth Omojuwa took famous blogger Linda Ikeji to the gutters.
He called her a snake for publishing a story regarding his private life after he had reached out to her explaining what really happened. According to Linda, a Twitter user accused Omojuwa of being impotent. Claiming that this is what made his previous engagement to his fiancée come to an end.
Below are some of his tweets as shared by him:
‘I have found myself putting myself on the line on Twitter when people attack @lindaikeji . I do that when I see the world against anyone,’ he commenced with.
‘Just about 2 weeks ago, I was even defending her sister when they went at her saying her marriage came too soon after her proposal.
‘Out of respect for my friend and now ex fiancée, I never shared the story of what happened between us publicly.’
He also dropped names of some of his other trusted friends with whom he’d also shared the story with.
These include some other popular bloggers that could have chosen to spill if they wanted to as well.
‘Out of all I shared the story with, @lindaikeji was only 1 I realized I had to inform not to publish it without assuming she wouldn’t.
‘I told them all exactly what happened. Then in @lindaikeji ‘s case made sure to tell her not to publish. Via an email.’
He continued by saying he didn’t want the story out as he didn’t want to cause anyone any embarrassments.
‘I didn’t want the story out because it would embarrass my ex fiancées mum. Even if we weren’t friends today, I still wouldn’t want it out.’
Omojuwa then mentioned how he’d always defended Linda against people who told nothing but lies against the successful blogger.
He also talked about how he had turned a blind eye to some stories she’s published about him, understanding she was only doing her job.
‘I have seen @lindaikeji use the cover of Ben Bruce to share me on her blog. I never took it personal. I considered she was doing her job.
‘I have seen her take sides with Reno Wendell Simlin Omokri. I didn’t bother. Whatever she had going on with Reno wasn’t my business.
‘When she was accused of getting N240m from PDP/Jonathan during the election, I actually called friends in the villa at the time…
‘My friends told me as far as they knew, she didn’t get any money. I didn’t discuss anything with her. I simply posted tweets defending her.
‘Now, all of these are because I am loyal at times to the point of stupidity. On that day, I was swimming against social media tide…
‘But you see, when it is on a matter concerning people I care about, I don’t mind swimming against any tide, social media or not.
‘So, to see @lindaikeji hide under the cover of a twitter nonentity to shade me on her blog over a story I personally told her? Tragic!’
He then went ahead to call her a dangerous snake:
‘So yeah, learn from my temporary stupidity to trust someone like @lindaikeji .Never trust a snake & they aren’t hard to know. Learn from me!
‘When someone’s trusted you with the truth, you don’t go ahead to post lies about same on your blog. That makes you a dangerous snake.’
He insisted he’s been engaged once and not several times like the man who he’d got in a tweet fight the day before had insinuated, a story Linda had no qualms publishing.
‘I have been engaged once. It failed. Marriages fail so I don’t even get how my one engagement should be an issue. Okay, because it is me.
‘And I can withstand the bullets and darts of those publicly committed to attacking me. I have thrived with that in some 8 years here.
‘I can’t trust someone enough with my personal story and then see the person shoot a spear at me with the same story. That draws a line.’
For someone he says was once a good friend, it would seem like the friendship had meant nothing to her as he insisted she always ignored positive stories about him, focusing instead on the negative.
‘We do great stuff that she ignores. But when Reno Wendell Simlin and Ben Agbaya Bruce post weak shades at me, she gets to post them.
‘I don’t even mind that. I thrive in a ‘me against the world’ environment. Pressure and enmity works for me. So I don’t mind that.’
‘Against my intuition at the time, I trusted this one @lindaikeji and then told my intuition ‘I told her not to publish so we are fine.’
‘My intuition was right as usual. I was stupid, unusual. Sad but useful lesson.’
He said he didn’t have to tell all the other guys not to publish as he knew they wouldn’t think of betraying him, even to sell a story.
Omojuwa also explained that the circumstances surrounding his break up had not been nasty and he’d chosen to be quiet out of respect.
‘There was nothing in my engagement breaking up that embarrasses me. My decision to keep it private was informed by two things.
‘My ex fiancée was a friend and remains a friend. We have met, had lunch, gisted in the last 3 months. I don’t betray my friends.
‘I also felt I’d be very unkind to her and her mum by letting my “public figure” persona come back to haunt them.
‘The circumstances of my engagement breaking up hurt both of us. We were in love from the beginning to the end…
‘We never fought, there was no argument. No one was caught Cheat!ng…
‘I am fine with those who still insist they are now unfortunate because someone lost an election take shots at me. I live and thrive for that
‘But I refuse not to acknowledge @lindaikeji ‘s spear. I can acknowledge it because it didn’t pierce my heart. My intuition told me it’d come
‘I am neither sad, shocked or angry. I am just happy to know that yet again, I was wrong, my intuition was right. I will trust better.
‘Money is good, I actually have some myself, but I know when push comes to shove, money is overrated! Don’t be snakes to those who trust you!’ he concluded dramatically.