Buhari Campaign Gave Me N100 million To Castigate Atiku — Charly Boy

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Buhari Campaign Gave Me Over N100 million To Castigate Atiku — Charly Boy

Nigerian entertainer, Charly Boy, has publicly stated that he received at least N100 million from the Buhari campaign as payment for a politically-charged music video he recorded, driving yet another wedge between himself and other members of ‘OurMumuDonDo’ who have recently excoriated him as a betrayal.

The 67-year-old said Festus Keyamo, a spokesperson for the Buhari campaign, met him privately weeks before the presidential elections, and both discussed license over a music video which Charly Boy had recorded to castigate Atiku Abubakar as an unscrupulous politician who should not be be trusted with power.

The entertainer, whose real name is Charles Oputa, also rehashed Mr Abubakar’s alleged crimes in the United States in the video uploaded on YouTube January 25.

The politician has long maintained he was not wanted in the U.S., and his supporters touted his first visit to America in 12 years in January as the strongest repudiation to the allegations.

Charly Boy said Mr Keyamo, a senior lawyer, actually visited him to discuss the arrest of Deji Adeyanju, a senior member of ‘OurMumuDonDo’ who was spending weeks in a Kano prison for alleged murder, only to then hear a “new song that I was working on…where I was dissing Atiku,” Charly Boy said.

“I do not care. But if you want to use my work, you pay for it,” Charly Boy recalled telling Mr Keyamo. “Of course, he paid for it. And they paid heavy.”

The statement was extracted from a video of Charly Boy’s interview with online-based Roots TV that was widely shared on social media on Friday.

Charly Boy’s comments struck members of the community organising movement as insensitive and provocative, and they have moved swiftly to ease him out as chairman of the group.

The video surfaced barely a day after an audio leaked online in which Charly Boy was heard seemingly admitting to have received money from Mr Keyamo. The audio was recorded by Mr Adeyanju, but the activist said he did not leak it, even though he had shared with a few persons over the past week.

Mr Adeyanju renounced membership of ‘OurMumuDonDo’ on March 13, alleging gross misconduct, including a breach of trust, against Charly Boy.

Already, Adebayo Raphael, a key official and facilitator of ‘OurMumuDonDo’, was quoted by Premium Times as saying that Charly Boy has been asked to proceed on suspension pending investigation of the controversies.

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