Idris Okuneye, otherwise known to you as Bobrisky has had a really busy week in the media. Last night, gossip media profile Instablog9ja broke the news (with pictures, no less) that Okuneye was in police custody somewhere in Lekki Phase one, where he had been recently arrested.
Bobrisky arrested in Lagos . . Popular Nigerian socialite, Bobrisky, was today arrested in, Lekki, Lagos. . . According to reports, his arrest may not be unconnected to the lingering fight between him and serial entrepreneur Toyin Lawani. . . Bobrisky had recently slandered Toyin via his Snapchat, after she called him a riff-raff during an interview. . . The real reason for this arrest is yet to be ascertained, but insiders reveal that Bobrisky will likely be transferred to Abuja, tomorrow morning, all things being equal and if Jesus Christ tarries.
Since then, the comment sections on all your favourite gossip blogs have been awash with all sorts of theories and hot takes on why Bobrisky was arrested. Mostly, the conversation revolved around whether he had come under scrutiny for one of his recent Snapchat outbursts, ably documented by the Comment Section as well.
So if you ignore all the clickbait-y headlines you’ve seen all day, and deconstruct the epistle Okuneye posted in his ‘coming out’ comment, you’ll see that things are not as cut and dried and they seem. If we take Bobrisky’s admission in the context of the entire text of the post, you’ll see that he was very agitated when he posted this, and was simply responding the never ending stream of religious trolls who stalk his social media profiles, accusing him of being gay and suggesting that his sexuality will somehow damn him to hell. He was obviously tired of their constant harassment and was asking to bring some other insult to the table rather than his perceived sexuality and the ‘certain’ hell fire that supposedly awaits him. If there is anything that Okuneye is good at, it is walking the thin line between outing himself as other and making controversial statements that enthrall Nigerians looking for scandal. This article best illustrates just how Bob is able to do it.
In Nigeria being gay is not a crime, acting on homosexual impulses and engaging in homosexual congress is the crime. Bobrisky’s instagram post, however controversial, is not illegal. It is merely a statement that can be rebutted and retracted. It is not an admission of guilt. And any responsible court of law will throw out a criminal case that bases its validity on a screenshot of an vague Instagram post.
It is fun to speculate, and who are we to tell Nigerians that wishing someone else harm is not a good use of our free time?