Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari hosted selected youth and artistes including Kunle Afolayan, Small Doctor, MC Tagwaye, Tobi Bakre at the State House to break the fast. The attendees were reportedly given ₦2million each as ‘Thanks for Coming’. But the presidency in a tweet by Buhari’s personal assistant, Bashir Ahmad, claimed that it was not N2million but N20 million. According to LeadersNG, it was revealed that the motive behind the kind gesture by the presidency because“it’s a culture to always give a handout to creative artistes and other political supporters who pay the president visit”.
Many of the artistes were charged to take the message of ‘Change’ by President Muhammadu Buhari to their individual platforms as the presidency wants the artistes to use their platforms to sway young voters for the president in the coming general elections.
It was also gathered that the money was sourced from the country’s apex Bank by Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed, the Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investment Programmes. Though a source said, the President may not have been aware of the cash gifts to the artistes.