Kannywood music stars reportedly visited former President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, his home town in Katsina State.
The musicians under the aegis of One Voice Association, led by famous singer Ali Jita, pledged their unwavering support and loyalty to the former leader even after the expiration of his tenure.
Naija News reports that the visit followed an outburst by one of their colleagues, Dauda Kahuta Rarara, who recently criticised Buhari’s regime for non-performance.
Despite the outburst, the singers assured the former president of their loyalty, an associate of one of the singers, Suleiman Hassan, told journalists.
He said: “Yes, the visit was just to greet the former president. But also, they are there to let the president know they will always support him. There was no mention of Rarara, but the former president heard what Rarara said about him and his government. He benefited more than any of the musicians in the north.”
A few days ago, Rarara caused stirs when he criticised Buhari during a press conference in Kano on 26 October. The Hausa musician had lampooned the former leader, describing his government as a total failure, which plunged Nigeria and Nigerians into the crisis they are in now.
Rarara was quoted to have said: “The three months of President Ahmad Bola Tinubu’s Government is better than Buhari’s eight years because he has nothing to show for it.
“I regretted supporting Buhari because we were optimistic that Buhari will fix this country. But we did not see it till he finished his administration. Buhari’s administration damaged every parastatal of the government. He is a total failure.
“I am supposed to be given at least a ministerial spot and two top political appointments for my cronies because of the contribution I gave to the success of APC. I deserve that. For Buhari, he was just a mistake and a total failure, and he regretted supporting him.”
Naija News understands that Rarara was one of the most celebrated APC singers during the Buhari era. This was why his outburst came as a shock to many in the north.
Reacting, a Kannywood filmmaker, Hassan Lawal, said Rarara’s remarks made him unhappy and shocked.
He said: “When I watched the video, I almost cried. This is what we call a betrayal of the highest order. Because of Buhari, his cronies made Rarara a Billionaire in the north. He has bodyguards from Abuja.
“He is so wealthy that he gives out cars and money to even his colleagues. Now, he is biting the fingers that fed him. However, coming from him is not too surprising. He did that to Shekarau of Kano, Kwankwaso, and now Ganduje and overall Buhari.”
Kannywood Singers Distances Self From Rarara
Naija News recalls Rarara’s outburst criticising ex-president Buhari’s government, the One Voice Association group distanced itself from his comments.
At a press briefing in Kano on 31 October, the group’s vice chairperson, Ado Gwanja, told the press that they plan to visit Buhari in Daura to seek his forgiveness on what they termed a baseless outburst by Dauda Rarara against him.
“And we are disassociating ourselves from whatever Rarara said against Buhari. It is never in our habits and does not represent us because we respect our leaders and any other person that deserves respect,” the spokesperson of the Association, Muhammad Birniwa, also dissociated the group from Rarara.
“Rarara spoke for himself, and he does not represent us or our views, emotions and values,” Premium Times quoted the group to have said.