Nigerian president ‘spent $1million of aid money meant for poverty-stricken country on star-studded festival featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z’
- The money was released for the ThisDay Music Festival in Lagos in 2006
- It was money from the Bayelsa State poverty alleviation fund in Nigeria
- Beyonce and Jay Z performed at the festival along with other American performers to ‘tell the world through music that Nigeria’s time has come’
By ALEX WARD
The Nigerian president spent $1million of aid money to entice international popstars such as Beyonce and Jay-Z to perform at a music festival in the poverty-stricken country, a media source reported.
A letter stamped and signed by Bayelsa State officials in 2006 revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan, then the Governor of the state, released 150million Nigerian Nairas from the state’s poverty alleviation fund for the inaugural ThisDay Music Festival in the city of Lagos in 2006, according to SaharaReporters.
The document surfaced after reality TV star Kim Kardashian was reportedly paid $500,000 (£329,695) for a fleeting appearance in Lagos last week, angering Nigerian commentators.