Gov Wike faces attack over land, money gifts to Burna Boy, others

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has come under attack for giving a plot of land and cash to Burna Boy as an appreciation for winning the Grammy Awards.

Recall that AmbrosyMediaInfo had earlier reported that Governor Wike gave Burna Boy the gifts when the musician came to the Government House Port Harcourt with his parents on Saturday.

Wike had described the Grammy award-winning Afrobeat singer, as the pride of the state and also promised to give artistes who performed at Burna’s Homecoming Concert in Rivers State N10 million each.

But in their reaction, some Nigerians on social media condemned the action and accused Wike of wasteful spending while still owing pensioners in the state.

They also criticized Burnaboy for accepting the gift.

Here are some of the comments as gathered on Twitter:

@Dolusegun, “When they say Buhari is not working. This is what they mean. They miss the government of share the money which is why @burnaboy could not politely ask Wike to use that money to pay the five-year unpaid salaries of teachers in demonstration schools in Rivers State.

@therealdaddymo1, “When they say Nigerians deserve the leaders it gets, this is part of why they say that. Gov Wike is so confident and unashamed to be paying artistes from government funds and people are hailing him but turn round and also criticize corruption in the same breath?”

@Islimfit, “The impulse gifting by Governor Wike is so unnecessary for a state that has failed to pay gratuity & pension.”

@Rajidraj, “Burna Boy and the rest of the artistes will collect N10M each from Wike and celebrate it here. Next day they will tweet about lack of infrastructure and focus on Lagos State. Have they ever asked Wike about EndSARS Judicial Panel of Inquiry?”

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@Ulxma, “Burna Boy’s politics starts and ends with his songs. In reality, he neither has the depth nor the guts to actually challenge the system he’s always criticising. But thanks for the music tho. At least, it makes us feel good.”

@Ijawroyalty, “It’s nice that Wike is giving out 10million to artistes but my mother who worked for the state government for 35yrs retired with gratuity of app 9 million and has been told that the government can’t afford to pay them yet.”

@Manlikeicey, “Burna Boy sang about monsters you made, referring to Nigerian politicians but same guy received N10M and a land from Governor Wike, Burna’s activism ehn, e don spoil.”

@Oyesilejohn, “Saw how jubilant the crowd was when Wike promised to give N10m each to Burna and others? Youth made up 95% of that crowd. They are very vocal about how the country isn’t working, they don’t care about infrastructures or economic indices. Just share the money. PDP ruined us.”

@Scad_official, “What’s the economic justification of giving N10m to artistes for say 10 to 15 minutes performance? I didn’t know Rivers state has so much money for frivolities. Gov Wike will step out tomorrow to criticise Buhari forgetting he’s part of the problem.”

@Khalidmovic, “Teachers in Rivers have been complaining about unpaid salaries for months and Wike as usual keeps spending money like a Charity Organisation,no outrage nothing.”

Recall that Burna Boy and Wizkid, recently won their first Grammy Awards.

Damini Ogulu, the real name of Burna Boy, won the best global music album category after beating four other nominees at the 63rd Grammys.

Burna Boy won the category with his Twice As Tall album released in August 2020.

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