Some angry Nigerians on Twitter have blasted Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state over an alleged N10 million gift to Burna Boy while teachers in the state are being owed salaries.
The ‘African Giant’ crooner had recently snagged his first-ever Grammy win for ‘Twice As Tall,’ his 2020 album, and a concert was held to honour him for the feat and his heroics in the global music landscape.
The governor however promised every artiste at the concert a sum of N10 million each.
The development, which comes at a time when teachers in the state are protesting unpaid salaries, has sparked outrage on the microblogging platform.
Several users have questioned the governor’s rationale for gifting the musicians millions when workers are being owed salaries.
Some users, however, defended the governor’s gesture, arguing that there was nothing wrong with him celebrating excellence.
“Few weeks ago, some teachers protested for lack of salary in Port Harcourt, Wike that couldn’t answer them gave N10m to Burna & other artistes. When you see the way those artistes reacted to the N10m, it’s obvious that many are complaining about politicians because they’re not getting their own cut,” a user wrote.
“This impulsive and crass misappropriation of Rivers state funds by Wike. Donations like this made Peter Odili then earn the sobriquet, “Donatus”. As for Burna, ‘Monsters You Made’ was a product of your creative ingenuity, not of patriotism and that’s hypocritical,” another user wrote.