Nigerian comedian, Ali Baba has revealed how his contract to anchor a Naval event was terminated.
This was because he took part in the 2012 #OccupyNigeria protest.
The comedian spoke in an Instagram Post which he tagged #throwback.
According to Ali Baba, he had put in three weeks of research on the Naval event.
The comedian said the event was about commissioning a ship. But, a Naval Officer suddenly dropped him from the event.
“#throwback to 23rd Jan 2012, when Naval Officers walked me off the commissioning of the NNS Thunder. The event was at the Apapa Naval Base.
“Dame Patience Jonathan was the Special Guest of Honour.”
“Basically, the Chief of Naval Staff, through Admiral Babalola, had contacted me, some weeks before.
“The contract was to MCee the commissioning. As part of preparation, I had driven to Apapa and was part of several meetings.
“I had done research on Nigerian Navy, their ships, this new ship and all the back end information. It was about 3 weeks of work.
“I arrived, on the day of commissioning and met the Naval Chiefs and had the final briefing.
“I went on to check microphones and positions for the whole ceremony.
“They had brought the new names of guests. As I was going through them with the Naval Director of Information, a Rear Admiral and 4 Naval Policemen walked up to me.”
“He called me. I walked up to him from the podium. And he turned to the officers, “Please see this gentleman off the premises.”
“Can I get my phones and notepad, i asked. ‘Sure. Get him his phones and notepad’. He directed one of the ratings.
“The 4 armed naval policemen walked me to my car. I drove off into the Apapa traffic. No apologies.
“6 years later, the Naval leadership, in 2016 wanted me to do something. I had waited for that day. So I asked why they walked me off an event they contracted me for.
“Give me a minute’, the Director of Information, checked and reverted. ‘Sorry, I had to check and get back to you.”
“After that, he said ‘I understand it was because you took part in the #OccupyNigeria protest.’
“Oh wow. I acted surprised. ‘You know how these things are.’ He tried to explain. ‘So what will you charge?’
“I am sorry, I am not available.’ ‘I haven’t told you the date, oga Ali,’ he said. My brother, any date you choose is booked. I hung up.” The King of Nigerian comedy wrote.