Actress, Eniola Badmus has addressed the public after the jail sentence of TikToker, Okoye Blessing Nwakego.
Blessing was arrested by Badmus and sentenced to three-year imprisonment after claiming that the actress is a pimp without concrete evidence to prove the allegation in court.
The Tiktoker was sentenced on Wednesday with the option of N100,000 fine by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Finally addressing the issue after the court’s judgement, Badmus took to Instagram to express her displeasure on the defamatory statements made about her.
She asked how people wake up and go on social media to make false and negative comments about someone they know nothing about.
The movie star also recalled how she was body-shamed because she is plus-size and trolled over the choice of a political party during the election.
She stressed that oftentimes she ignores such negative comments, but the recent defamation led to the decision to set an example for others, while noting that celebrities are also humans.
She encouraged her fans and followers at large to show love always.
“How do you wake up, go on social media and pull people down by making false/negative comments about them and still expect Mercy from God? This is someone you do not even know! Common!
“You have no single fact/evidence but will sit behind your phones and make a smooth video defaming my personality. Why?
“When I was plus size, it was the height of body shaming, now on my fitness journey, same negative comments, when I made my political choice, the same negatives. Guys, let people live their lives and respect them for it. Some of us have muscle to keep it going, how about those that can’t and silently struggle with depression and low self-esteem?
“We celebrities are human, we have blood running through our veins like you. No one judges your choice or approach to life in your corner, so why judge on personal and human actions?
“More often than not, I ignore these comments or don’t even bother reading them but sometimes, it hits badly and you truly and really want to set an example.
“I am aware that defamation is a serious matter and can have severe consequences both legally and socially. It is essential to recognize the impact of our words on others and the responsibilities that come with expressing our opinions publicly. While freedom of speech is a fundamental right, I think it should be exercised responsibly and with consideration for the potential harm it may cause. Above all let’s spread love”, she said.
Other celebrities like Foluke Daramola, Nkechi Blessing Sunday, Deyemi Okanlawon, Aremu Afolayan, were also in the comment section to support the actress.