Speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, has thrown in his support for Big Brother Naija housemate Ekemini Ekerette (Kemen) following his abrupt disqualification from the show on Sunday.
Kemen, a fitness trainer from Akwa Ibom state, was disqualified from the show for going against house rules after he sexually harassed fellow housemate, Tboss while she was asleep.
Though the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly says he was not an ardent follower of the reality show before the incident, he expressed disappointment at how Kemen’s fans have quickly turned against him following the incident.
On his Facebook page, Hon. Onofiok Luke wrote; “I have never really watched the Big Brother Nigeria, I only follow it activities on the social media.
“Up until this evening Kemen our son was celebrated online by fans and followers of BBN from our very Akwa Ibom but suddenly, a breaking news of his disqualification from the house and the whole narrative changed and the social media is now saturated with different stories and versions about Kemen and his disqualification.Many who before now had celebrated Kemen are in a hurry to crucify him for his mistake(s).
“My take here is not to hold brief for Kemen and whatever he might have done to merit his disqualification (which I am yet to know) but to reflect on how difficult it is to be in the spotlight in our clime –the fear of failing,–the fear of making mistakes,–the fear of mockery and the most dreaded of them all –the fear of inua Uyo.
“We are all humans and are all prone to mistakes but when we are not the affected we engage sanctimonious disposition that tends to confer sainthood.
“For Kemen, take solace even in the Biblical story of Jesus on His triumphant entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday where the song on the lips of everyone was hallelujah, but that song on those same lips changed the following period to a condemnation and shout of crucifixion. All the same ‘da yong di ke ikot idiok owo ibaha’.
“When you are on the spotlight in my town you need to pray heavily for the grace of God to preserve you and to lead you not into temptation because anything otherwise ‘mbio usaak owo mkpo eyoyoho Isong’. They can make you run and leave town.”
Meanwhile, after Kemen was surprisingly disqualified from the house yesterday, one of the show sponsors Payporte, has released a statement on the groping incident between Kemen and TBoss. The statement reads;
“Based on last night’s footage of @Kemen_fitness making sexual moves on @officialtboss_ which sparked a large outrage, we will like to make our stance known on this matter.
“PayPorte is strongly against sexual harassment and perversion and we strongly condemn Kemen’s actions. We believe individuals whether under the influence of alcohol or being sober, should have high morals.
“We will be taking a decisive action on this. We will be updating you shortly.”
More reactions have continued to trail Kemen’s eviction as many allege it was a deliberate attempt to tarnish Kemen’s image as the punishment was too harsh and unnecessary since the show itself was not all about morality.