On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a one-minute 59 seconds video audio clip claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Northern singer, Dauda Rarara, to raise money from Nigerians to produce a song for him.
In the widely circulated audio recorded in Hausa, the speaker can be heard saying that President Buhari directed the singer to receive the donation from Nigerians because the Federal Government lacks fund to execute the singing project.
Investigations by CDD on the claim shows that President Buhari did not ask Rarara to raise money from Nigerians to sing for him.
Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari, told CDD fact-checker that at no point did his principal issue such a request.
Bashir said: “It is absolutely false. President Buhari is neither aware nor has hand in Dauda Kahutu Rarara’s resolve to raise money and sing for him. The singer himself has not said Buhari asked him to get the N1000 donation from Nigerians”.
Continuing, Ahmad said: “In all the interviews he granted, the singer has explained why he wanted Buhari’s supporters to send him N1000 each so he could highlight the President’s achievements”.
Also speaking to a CDD fact-checker, the secretary of Rarara Multimedia Company, Aminu Afandaj. Said the President never asked the singer to raise money for the praise singing.
Afandaj told CDD fact-checkers that: “President Buhari is not even aware of the whole initiative because he wasn’t informed about it, if he later knows about it he might have heard about it as news.
“Therefore the President has nothing to do with asking Rarara to generate money, it’s so unprofessional for medium to put out such news, it’s a big lie,” Afandaj said.
The report claiming that President Buhari has asked a Northern singer to raise money to sing for him is false.
The widely circulating audio claiming that President Buhari has asked the singer to raise money to sing for him from Nigerians should be disregarded.
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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