The United Nations has denied claims that Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj, is a United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace.
Joseph Kayanja, United Nations’ Director of Information, Information Centre for Nigeria, said this on Wednesday, in reaction to a claim made by D’Banj’s publicists in 2012, that the singer is the first Nigerian to be appointed a UN Youth Ambassador for Peace.
E.Pooola had begun a petition last week, calling on the UN to strip D’Banj of his ambassadorial titile, following the rape allegations levelled against him by Seyitan Babatayo.
The petition read in part, “We call on the United Nations, and United Nations Women Africa organisations to remove Nigerian artiste Mr Dapo Oyebanjo as a youth ambassador and distance themselves from his actions following the sponsored kidnap of Seyitan who accused D’Banj of rape and sexual assault which happened in 2018.”
“Women in Nigeria are increasingly at risk of sexual violence and the United Nations and United Nations Women Africa as an entity committed to the empowerment of women should not be seen to associate themselves with alleged rapists, abusers, and kidnappers.”
“We ask the United Nations and United Nations Women Africa to support and lend their influence in helping Seyitan get justice for the abuse she endured in 2018 and the harassment and bullying in the past weeks.”
The petition on Change.org has been signed by over 22,000 people as of June 24, 2020.
Responding to an inquiry, however, the UN told newsmen that D’Banj has never been awarded an ambassadorial title by the United Nations.
In an email sent to The Punch, Kayanja said: “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.”