Tanzanian singer Naseeb Abdul, alias Diamond Platnumz has issued a statement after a petition seeking to have him disqualified from this year’s BET Awards was initiated.
Speaking in an event in Tanzania, the singer stated that everyone is entitled to their opinion, adding that he is respectful of that.
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Diamond further stated that he would not speak much about the issue, adding that he has no problem with anyone speaking their minds.
“I respect everyone’s opinions, if someone likes me, insults me, I’m grateful because it means they have me in their thoughts and that’s a blessing,” he said.
The Bongo star added that those petitioning against him probably did it out of frustration with their personal lives.
“When someone says something bad about you, it’s not that they hate you. They probably woke up moody. Avoid hating someone who says something bad about you, you never know when he wakes up with a temper tantrum and decides to end it on you, tomorrow he/she might regret it and apologize,” said the singer.
A petition had been filed on Change urging BET to disqualify Diamond from the prestigious awards for using his popularity to whitewash Tanzanians and promote human injustices.
“Diamond Platnumz is a world-renowned Tanzania music artist who used his popularity and his talent to whitewash and deodorize the brutal repression of the late dictator John Magufuli and his regime
“Diamond is also a close friend and business ally of Paul Makonda the former Governor of Dar -es-Salaam who has openly persecuted and cracked down on LGBTI people. Makonda has also been designated in 2020 by the US State Department for gross violations of human rights including cracking down on freedom of expression and association,” read the petition.
The singer was also accused of failing to show basic concern or publicly express any solidarity with fellow artists Roma Mkatoliki, Nay wa Mitego and Idris Sultan who suffered at the hand of the dictator Magufuli.
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