Lagos – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said his electoral victory in the 2015 presidential election could not have been possible if not for the contributions and support of Nigeria’s musicians and artistes.
Buhari said that the musicians during the campaigns drove home the change message which permeated the nooks and crannies of the country.
The president, who spoke while declaring the Kaduna Music Festival (KADAMFEST) opened, said activities of the musicians helped in mobilising Nigerians to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“We politicians did our best. But the story of 2015 cannot be honestly told without acknowledging the contributions of creative people to the All Progressives Congress’s success.
“Many actors, musicians and writers – from different strands and in various styles- drew Nigerians to the banner of change”
Buhari expressed his appreciation to the industry, saying that it has earned recognition in his government.
Watch one of the videos produced by the musicians for the APC below.
“This application of creative talent to the cause of political change in a dire moment for our country deserves eternal gratitude. As President, I say a formal thank you today on behalf of myself, the APC and our victorious candidates.”
He promised that his government would not turn its back on musicians or reduce the creative sector to something that is only engage during elections.
“We who have been inspired or benefitted in other ways from creative talent owe an obligation to help ensure that the talented can live on their gifts.
Notable musicians and actors that identified with President Buhari and the APC in the run-up to the 2015 general elections included Nigeria's foremost producer, Don Jazzy; rap king, Olamide; Ice Prince and MI.
Other top Nigerian celebrities such as Banky W, Funke Akindele, Desmond Elliot, Uti Nwachukwu, Yemi Alade, Flavour also supported the APC during the election.