Farage trolled on Cameo as user asks him to congratulate migrant

Nigel Farage is trolled on Cameo as Twitter user asks him to congratulate migrant for being granted asylum in UK after crossing Channel by boat

  • Syrian activist and refugee Hassan Akkad sent Farage the request on Cameo just days after the former politician launched account with the messaging platform
  • Mr Farage reportedly refused request replying ‘I am not for channel crossings’
  • It comes as Mr Farage announced he was stepping down from frontline politics
  • People can request personalised video messages from Mr Farage on Cameo app 

Nigel Farage has been trolled on the online message platform Cameo by a Twitter user who asked him to congratulate a migrant who had been granted asylum in the UK.

Bafta-winning activist Hassan Akkad, who is himself a refugee in the UK after fleeing Syria, requested a personalised message from Farage just days after the former UKIP-leader launched his Cameo account.

Mr Akkad shared the exchange on his Twitter feed and sent Nigel Farage a request for a congratulatory message.

Syrian activist and Bafta-winner Hassan Akkad (pictured) trolled Nigel Farage on Cameo by requesting he send congratulatory message to his friend who had been granted asylum in UK

Mr Akkad shared screenshots of the exchange on his Twitter feed (pictured) which shows Nigel Farage refusing the video message request by simply stating ‘I am not for channel crossings’ 

In the request, he wrote: ‘Please say congratulations to my friend Mohammad for being granted asylum in the UK after his perilous boat crossing.

‘Please wish him a peaceful life here and that him and his wife have many kids. (Hassan)’

The request for a Cameo video was sent to Farage’s account but, according to screenshots shared by Mr Akkad, Nigel refused the request.

In the reply shared on Twitter, Mr Farage simply said: ‘I am not for channel crossings.’ 

Mr Akkad, who worked as a hospital cleaner during the pandemic, filmed his 87-day journey from war-torn Syria to the UK in 2015.

His footage captured his trek via Turkey to the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, before he used a fake passport to fly to Heathrow.

Footage from his journey was in the BBC documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe which won a BAFTA for Best Factual Series or Strand in 2017.

He fled to the UK after being imprisoned and tortured in Syria and worked at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London after deciding he had to do something to help during the pandemic.

Sharing the stunt on Twitter, he wrote: ‘I tried to book Nigel on Cameo, but he rejected my request. Sad.’ 

Nigel Farage launched his Cameo career days ago which enables people to request personalised video messages from the man himself for £75.

It comes as Mr Farage announced he was stepping down as The Reform UK party leader – and from frontline politics – on Saturday.

Writing for MailOnline, he said: ‘I have made this decision because, again, I want my life back. This time, I really have knocked on my last door. It has been a long, hard road, but I’ve accomplished more than anybody believed possible.’

Nigel Farage, pictured in his introductory message on Cameo, launched his account this week and described it as his ‘next incarnation’ after announcing he was stepping down from politics 

But in what is seen as a lucrative money-spinner the 56-year-old announced the next day he had joined Cameo’s raft of celebrities offering personalised messages.

In a promotional clip, Mr Farage bursts out of a red phone box and says: ‘Hello, I’m Nigel Farage and Cameo is my latest incarnation.

‘So if you want a message for Mother’s Day, a birthday, wedding to surprise somebody I’m happy to do it but I promise I will mention Brexit, I will mention Trump… God, I hope the pubs open soon.’

He made £160 on his first day on the platform, with several five-star reviews being left by happy customers.

One person said: ‘Thank you! I have sent to my three brothers and they all think it’s absolutely brilliant!’

Another customer said: ‘Brilliant, will make his day!’

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