Former Governor of Oyo State, Dr Victor Omololu Olunloyo and father of controversial social media critic, Kemi Olunloyo has allegedly denounced his daughter’s social media escapades and rants.
The former leader also revealed in a heart-breaking statement Thursday that Kemi, 52, had a history of mental illness and several efforts by the family and other well-wishers to moderate her erratic behaviour have been fruitless.
In a letter made available to Premium Times, the former governor is quoted as saying, “I would like to apologise without reservation to all persons affected. I hope and pray they would graciously accept the apology”.
Olunloyo also revealed that Kemi has been dealing with mental illness. He noted that Kemi’s “erratic” behaviour “had put her in trouble in Ireland and in the United States, and the late Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, once bailed her out of jail.” He went on to apologize to Pastor Adeboye, TB Joshua, Jide Kosoko, Tunde Kelani, and more who had been affected by Kemi’s activities.
This latest development is coming on the heels of Kemi disclosing to Nigerians that she plans to quit journalism in Nigeria and focus on her kids foundation. The popular blogger also took time out to apologize to all the celebrities she had attacked online without giving any hints as to the reason behind her change of heart.
Here’s what Mr Olunloyo wrote to Premium Times:
I would like to apologise without reservation to all persons affected. I hope and pray they would graciously accept the apology. There seems to be a curious pair of writers, an Aboderin resident in Ireland and Kemi Olunloyo, who sometimes curiously act separately and sometimes in union. Some of their most unfortunate victims are their half siblings. Others of higher status in the society (like) ex-president Obasanjo and quite recently, clergy men with large respectable following, such as the General Oversea of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye, a brilliant fellow mathematician, an inspired Bishop Oyedepo, the inimitable Reverend T.B Joshua, all learned men. [Kemi Olunloyo] includes me, her father. All four of us she dubs ritualists. Of course, none of us, as far as I know, is anything of sort. She has gone so far as to accuse us of various sexual crimes and gone too far to give social media itself a very dubious name, in term of uncontrolled freedom to assault others. Late, in the last four weeks or so, she had had the audacity to pass irrelevant and hopeless comments on one of our national talented artists, prince Jide Kosoko, whom I admire so much, calling him a black widower as he has unfortunately lost three wives. I had thought at 52, Kemi will further train her mind and cease to be an embarrassment to herself and member of her nuclear, extended family and to the general public. I thank pastors and psychiatrists like Dr. Lasebikan, who had gone to great lengths at their own personal cost to restrain her from excesses and recklessness. I dissociate myself entirely form her conducts and statements. She must accept responsibility for her actions and utterances as well as the consequences. My condemnation is total and not in any instance defensible. My position is absolutely clear. She has gone too far and needlessly so.“
Meanwhile, in an apparent reaction to her father’s statement, Ms. Olunloyo published her own statement to her “fans” on social media saying she will “no longer practice journalism in Nigeria”, apologizing to all celebrities as she will now focus on her kids foundation.