The United Nations has distanced itself from underfire Nigerian musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo a.k.a D’banj, as an ambassador of the agency.
D’banj has been in the spotlight of recent after he was accused of rape by Seyitan Babatayo. The allegation led to an online petition calling on the UN to strip the musician of his supposed ambassadorial role.
The petition pushed through Change.org has garnered over 22,000 signatures since it was uploaded a week ago.
In 2012, D’Banj’s publicists had claimed that the musician was the first Nigerian to be appointed a UN Youth Ambassador for Peace.
Reacting to an inquiry by PUNCH on the status of this purported ambassadorship, the UN replied saying, “I would like to confirm that the said Mr Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj is not a UN Ambassador. The title was accorded to him by an obscure UN youth association which has nothing to do with the United Nations. I hope this clarifies.”