The issue of internet fraud popularly known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo,’ has for a while been a controversial topic where many have expressed surprise on why anyone would move to justify such endeavour. While many people hold different views on the subject, people who engage in such activities always get the attention of people before and after they are caught.
However, On-Air Personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, came under heavy criticism this Friday, after an old video surfaced on the Internet which showed him dinning with Dubai-based socialite, Ray Hushpuppi.
"@gidifeedtv: This video is why people are saying Daddy Freeze has to be investigated.
He was validating Hushpuppi here in this video. The rest is on YouTube, hopefully he doesn’t take it down.
— 𝔾𝕀𝔻𝕀𝕋ℝ𝔸𝔽𝔽𝕀ℂ (@Gidi_Traffic) June 26, 2020
A number of Twitter users berated the broadcaster for staying silent over the arrest of Hushpuppi, having identified with him in the past, yet has remained vocal when it comes to matters regarding what he deemed corruption in religious circles, especially by calling out Church leaders on the issues of tithing, seed sowing and flamboyance.
If it is to abuse RCCG and Winners Chapel, Daddy Freeze would have been everywhere today dancing and singing like Dino Melaye. Today, he is silent. Not even a simple condemnation of fraud.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) June 25, 2020
1. Where is Daddy oni jerry curls Alatenuje? Who was promoting fraud while criticising pastors.
In 2019, he did a documentary on Hushpuppi to promote the alleged fraudster.
In the documentary, Daddy Freeze ridiculed hard working Nigerian youths, who accuse Hushpuppi of fraud. pic.twitter.com/5PvoudqRt7
— Adetutu Balogun, MBA (@Tutsy22) June 26, 2020
'Instead make you beg Hushpuppi make e use your papa do driver'
And Daddy Freeze laughed. But I'm not surprised. Same character who defended extorting money from upcoming artistes before airing their songs.
— Nedu Ekeke #BBOG (@Nedunaija) June 25, 2020
Daddy Freeze ought to be on Dubai Police wanted list by now. Alatenuje. Bofun!
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) June 25, 2020
The viral video which showed the OAP dinning with the singer, was a 2019 documentary he had done on Hushpuppi where he went encouraged Nigerians to adore and request help from Hushpuppi.
Daddy Freeze calls himself "Founder of the Free Nation in Christ."
He's far worse than the pastors he tears into everyday.
— Nedu Ekeke #BBOG (@Nedunaija) June 25, 2020
Daddy Freeze will drag pastors for fraud. Same person is in this video laughing with Hushpuppi
We must drag fraudsters.
Wether pastors, politicians or yahoo boys.
Since all of you are scared,
I will help you say it:
Daddy Freeze is a complete disgrace.
Ogbomosho Ryan Seacrest. https://t.co/EMS3qP14Ke
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🛂 (@DrOlufunmilayo) June 25, 2020
Daddy freeze is what the yorubas call ‘ALATENUJE’
When you see food, you begin to talk rubbish.
— Mayor of Abuja (@mayorabuja) June 25, 2020
Some users went further to stress that for a self-acclaimed investigative journalist, he didn’t do a good job in the 2019 documentary on the life of Hushpuppi, as others called him a fraud enabler, calling on the FBI to look into the OAP.
Let it be on record that Daddy Freeze who goes about criticizing everyone gave Hushpuppi a platform to showcase his ill gotten wealth and even talk down on hard working men & women. It is also on record that Daddy Freeze ate from the proceeds of Hushpuppi’s crime; literally.
— ROUVAFE (@IamRouvafe) June 25, 2020
A few others also noted that his critics are only ‘calling him out’ because he spoke ill of their religious leaders. They stressed that a number of prominent persons had also identified with the socialite and as such, called on Nigerians to equally ‘call-out’ everyone who had associated with Hushpuppi before his arrest.
On Daddy Freeze and His Chicken Diet(Thread)
Let’s not get carried away by the pictures of very important persons with Hushpuppi. Timi Frank, Dino and a host of others were also caught up in that snafu. Yes, the optics is bad but will this be the first time we are seeing pic.twitter.com/iUQPUjk6Dh
— Mazi Gburugburu (@Mazigburugburu1) June 26, 2020
Following the backlash, the OAP had a Live Instagram session where he addressed the matter and related it to the life of Jesus. In his response, he said he was doing exactly what Jesus would do – dine with sinners and drag religious leaders.
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