On Thursday, September 10, 2020, several Facebook posts spotted by CDD fact-checkers claimed that a famous Northern musician, Dauda Adamu Abdullahi Rarara, launched a fundraiser for the release of a new song in support of President Muhammdu Buhari.
An online newspaper Kainuwa24 on its Facebook page said that Dauda Kahutu Rarara had asked Nigerians to donate N1,000 and above so he could sing for President Buhari.
Also, a Kano-based radio station, Express Radio published the story stating that the singer had asked that the money be deposited into his bank account. This is in addition to a publication by Radio France International Hausa captioned Rarara stops singing for Buhari.
The report circulating widely online also claimed that the singer had stopped singer praises for the President.
An investigation conducted by CDD shows that the famous Northern musician launched a fundraiser targeting supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The funds raised, CDD found out is for the release of a new song on President Buhari’s 192 projects.
Confirming the fundraising for the song, the secretary of Rarara Multimedia Company, Aminu Afandaj, said the musician wants Nigerians to support the President’s effort.
Afandaj said: “Rarara wants the Nigerian masses that support Buhari to fund the song with not above N1000 donation, he doesn’t any rich man or political appointee regardless of their position to donate”.
Rarara’s secretary added that: “The donation has already commenced is scheduled to last for three weeks, the idea is to allow supporters of Buhari fund the song that will highlight the achievements and 192 projects done by Buhari administration”.
However, Afandaj said the claim that Dauda Rarara has stopped singing for the President is false
He added: “Why will Rarara inform Nigerians about his new song on the President if he has stopped singing for him? I am assuring you he still sings for the President and his party and the new song Kainuwa will soon get to Nigerians”.
The story widely circulating that Dauda Kahutu Rarara has urged Nigerians to donate N1,000 for him to sing for President is true.
However, the claim that the singer has stopped singing for the President as reported by many local and international media is false.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can also forward suspicious messages for verification via WhatsApp to +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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