Nigerian musician, Naira Marley has been severely criticised after expressing doubt in the existence of coronavirus.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the virus has already infected 36 persons and claimed one life as of Monday.
The deceased was later identified as Suleiman Achimugu, a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar also disclosed that one of his sons tested positive for coronavirus and has been quarantined.
But taking to Twitter on Monday, Naira Marley, whose real name is Afeez Fashola, stated: “Retweet if u don’t believe in CoronaVirus.”
However, many Nigerians took to Twitter to bash him for the comment.
A doctor, Kelechi Okoro wrote, “You are one of my faves but I have to tell you the truth.
“Now is the time to use your clout to spread correct information instead of enabling people to lose their guards. #StayHome #LockdownNow #COVID19 is real!”
Another doctor, @Drmuzoic wrote, “Is this supposed to be a joke to you? Don’t be an irresponsible olodo.”
Another commenter, @atomified wrote, “I thought they said you have an MSc?
“My bad, having degrees and being educated are two different things. Ride on.”
A lady, @SavvyRinu wrote, “The Bible says ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.’
“Drop weed and ask God for Wisdom sir.”
Another commenter, Omotayo urged Naira Marley to go for a concert in Italy if he needed to confirm the existence of coronavirus.
She wrote, “If e sure for you, Go do concert for Italy.”
A fan, @holardamolar wrote, “Marley we’re not with u on this… Let’s all anticipate your video that’s to dropped soon in peace.”
Marlians pls tell Naira Marley, that this isn't the time for making meme n jokes.
— Nedd Michael™ (@NeddMichaels) March 23, 2020
Celebrities like Naira Marley and Zlatan I try as much as possible to separate their music with what they say or post online.
If they drop a song I will Vibe and Dance to it but if they post a Tweet or say anything I just scroll past and look away.
— CHIEf , THE DADDY™ 🦁👳 (@umar_ayotunde) March 23, 2020
Hope You know you are the reason why we have to listen to naira Marley saying bullshit throughout today. https://t.co/N4ZIz5p3Cy
— D' ACCOUNTANT (@OG_umaru) March 23, 2020
Naira marley : I don’t believe in coronavirus
People: you’re mad , stop this rubbish , nothing in your head just vibes
Tomorrow: naira marley in studio
Lil rexxie pon dis one
Woni motun gbede (gbede)
Kilotun ni marley shey ?
Argh what can fa?
Woni kin fowo moni mio gba
— Skyy (@Badman__skylar) March 23, 2020
Naira Marley Fxcked up, noticed tweeps has turned their backs on him, did giveaway, tweet shits again then changed it to cruise and y'all are still praising him 🤦🏾♂️ I don't blame him, people praising him are part of the reason why we are having retarded growth in Nigeria
— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐀𝐋𝐊𝐚𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐄 🌎🇳🇬 (@thetalkativeNG) March 23, 2020
All these will look funny to you until you no see show go or concert go perform. Then you’ll know that Aiye yiii ooo lee 🎶
— Tife🌚 (@Tife_fabunmi) March 23, 2020