Iroko TV founder, Mr. Jason Njoku has apologised to his Igbo kinsmen over anti-Igbo comments he made in 2019.
Mr. Njoku had on 29th July, 2019 – in a Twitter post revealed that he is happy that his children are learning French, adding that Mandarin will be next, as if that’s not enough, the Tech guru went ahead and said “he is very much okay knowing that his children can’t speak Igbo, neither can he (a language, which should be their mother tongue).
“They can’t speak Igbo (neither can I). It’s okay. The world won’t shake from its foundation”, he boasted.
However, the comments drew lots of criticism from his Igbo kinsmen who faulted his choice of word.
They cautioned him to be mindful of what he said especially when it has to do with his root.
Ordeal with Northerners
Fast-forward to 2021, few weeks ago, a social media app belonging to a northerner, a former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba was removed from Google Playstore, shortly after the federal government banned twitter operation in Nigeria.
Garba’s app was removed from Playstore following massive poor reviews by Nigerians who felt Garba played a major role in the ban of twitter in Nigeria in order for the citizens to use his own social media app known as Crowwe.
However, weeks after the app was removed, Northerners blamed the Igbo people of masterminding the removal of the app.
This, led the Northerners to team up and began attacking businesses owned by an Igbo man by giving it a bad reviews on Google Playstore in a bid to remove it as a revenge to what happened to their own kinsman’s app.
Listing businesses to report, Jason Njoku’s Iroko TV app was listed, including IPOB radio app.
However, the Northerners focused mostly on Iroko TV and IPOB app.
See screenshot below from a Facebook page known as “Daily Hausa News”.
Going through the Playstore, one can see that the app had a bad reviews lately.
Igbo Save Their Own
Getting reports of their plan to get down Njoku’s Iroko TV app, Ndigbo rallied round and supported their own despite his hurtful comments in the past.
Going through the Playstore, positive reviews was made with five star ratings, most especially from the Igbos.
Reacting, Jason Njoku thanked the Igbo people for their support. He, however, apologize for his past comments which might have hurt lots of Ndigbo knowing fully well that Mr. Njoku is an Igbo, who hails from Imo State.
Tendering his apology, Njoku deleted the comment he made in 2019, noting that he now realized he was immature to have made such comment.
He tweet; “Separately I want to take the opportunity to apologize to Ndi Igbo for my glib, immature and unnecessarily hurtful comments a few years back. I am Igbo, I don’t think I would ever nor ever attempted to deny that (all my kids bear solidly Igbo names which I personally chose).
“Nonetheless I 100% let you all down and hope with time I can make amends and be forgiven. It was stupid and I am truly 🙏🏾 sorry. Whatever I write (and tweet) reflects on our entire culture and I dropped the ball on this one. Sorry. 🙏🏾.
“Thanking everyone everywhere for the last few days. I won’t forget it. 🙏🏾🇳🇬✊🏾