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Nigerian president ´spent $1million of
aid money meant for poverty-stricken
country on star-studded festival
featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z´

Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Ward

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/24/2013 6:58:27 AM

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

Well, now, that makes me so proud. /s


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pearson365, 2/24/2013 7:17:05 AM     (No. 9193159)

Hey! If its okay for President Goodluck Jonathan to waste taxpayer money, its good enough for President Illwind Obama. He´s tossed away hundreds of billions on Obamacare, $74 billion on "green" fraud and over a billion a year just partying at the White House. The widows and orphans can enjoy gazing at his official WH photos.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/24/2013 7:20:58 AM     (No. 9193163)

Sounds eggggzackly like something Bam Bam would do.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: M2, 2/24/2013 7:22:25 AM     (No. 9193164)

American generosity has been taken advantage of by other countries for so long that it´s hard to remember back that far.

If that were not bad enough, even some of our own national charity groups have become corrupted.

My family concluded long ago that charitable giving is most often honestly stewarded by our local churches and local charities.

Even more effective, when people want to help others, is finding out what local people truly need help and giving the money directly to them, if they are known to be honest and hard-working people who are just down on their luck temporarily.

What a shame that honest, well-stewarded international charities, few as they may be, have been tainted by the corruption of such stories like this Nigerian one.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: cartcart, 2/24/2013 7:37:23 AM     (No. 9193171)

Spending other people´s money means you are Niger Rich. How can these gals even take it?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Dragonslayer2, 2/24/2013 7:46:00 AM     (No. 9193181)

It take all kind.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: beca, 2/24/2013 7:48:13 AM     (No. 9193182)

stop all foreign aid until we are solvent again and then with much caution

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Reply 7 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 2/24/2013 7:48:56 AM     (No. 9193183)

This is just one example why aid to foreign countries need to stop. Also, if Beyonce and Jay-Z had any compation for these people in Nigeria they would give the money back.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 2/24/2013 7:58:43 AM     (No. 9193192)

#8 Why on earth would Beyoncé and JayZ give the money back? The whole bunch of them are just brothers from other mothers! It´s a racial thing.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 2/24/2013 7:59:50 AM     (No. 9193197)

There are reasons that some countries are always poor. This is one of them.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/24/2013 8:02:16 AM     (No. 9193201)

Is a racist stereotype still a racist stereotype when it´s true ?

Am I in trouble for even asking ?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dittohead, 2/24/2013 8:10:10 AM     (No. 9193217)

Bet it was our money, too.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Muguy, 2/24/2013 8:37:53 AM     (No. 9193267)

"We are the World" and "Black Hawk Down" rolled into one-- corruption using other people´s money instead of helping those in need.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Vivi, 2/24/2013 8:39:22 AM     (No. 9193270)

Ha. Check Jay Z ´s lyrics to Big Pimpin´ and google Beyonce ´s 1.8 million emerald earrings she wore to the inauguration. All will be illuminated. Jay Z don´t bleepin ´ feed ´em.

By the way, I was going to warn you about the profanity, vulgarity, and horrid misogyny in Jay Z´s lyrics, but since he´s so tight with the President of the United States of America I realized I´m probably being overly sensitive and judgemental. I may even practice dropping the F bomb in daily conversation.

The whole money for poverty stricken children charge...if this turns out to be true they should personally deliver aid to the poor in Nigeria and publicly shame, with all their celebrity power, President Jonathan. They should do that even if their buddy O tells them it´s a bad idea.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: JAN, 2/24/2013 8:46:43 AM     (No. 9193278)

Beyonce goes wherever the money is.

She performed for Khaddafi and when all the stories are told there won´t be a murdering dictator she missed.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: gator, 2/24/2013 8:57:03 AM     (No. 9193297)

Drudge needs to get this up at the top of his page.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/24/2013 8:59:58 AM     (No. 9193302)

I traveled to many countries around the world for many years, mostly countries that were major oil producers. Usually, I loved visiting different lands with different cultures. There were two countries I was always glad to leave--Algeria and, first and foremost, Nigeria. I don´t blame Beyonce´ and Kim K. for asking outlandish fees for appearing there.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pickle1, 2/24/2013 9:15:43 AM     (No. 9193325)

Yep, the celebrities care a lot. They care enough to take the money; and not much else.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: CEP, 2/24/2013 9:28:31 AM     (No. 9193346)

How can they give the money back, isn´t that how much they spent on their babies nursery?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 2/24/2013 9:39:18 AM     (No. 9193365)

What a vile couple of money grubbers these 2 are. I hope they reap a lot of embarrassment for this.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/24/2013 10:05:28 AM     (No. 9193416)

Change the word ´Nigerian´ in the headline to ´United States´ and you could easily write another article on the same phenomena.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Caveman, 2/24/2013 10:08:54 AM     (No. 9193419)

Does the average Nigerian even know who these two are?
Stop ALL foreign aid. Today.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 2/24/2013 10:29:08 AM     (No. 9193452)

#4...your comment is straight up racists and I have not made such a claim about any post is over a decade of posting...as to the article, it is hogwash and the admit they have no evidence this allegation of surrounding an event from 7 years ago...Nigerian media has been roundly condemning the PRIVATE sector producers who spent $500,000 of their own money to import American Kardashian trash to Nigeria for a 46 second appearance at a concert, on last SUNDAY no less. The DM covers KK around the clock. There is no DM coverage of Jonathan being in London last week to meet with Cameron on Mali, the fact that Nigeria committed $46 million out of its own treasury for the regional security force in Mali even as the US committed a little more than double that amount or $96 million.

ThisDay publishing just concluded the 2013 version of the event the DM makes unsubstantiated allegations about and one of the guests was former President Clinton. It was held at a new city being developed with billions in Nigerian government and private investment as one to several new cities throughout the country…

Nigeria: Clinton - Eko Atlantic City, Destination for Global Investment

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Reply 23 - Posted by: strike3, 2/24/2013 10:29:23 AM     (No. 9193453)

Goodluck was only playing the game he had been taught and might have been making a good investment. His taste in "stars" is what really sucks.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 2/24/2013 12:15:12 PM     (No. 9193618)

But I don´t understand. Goodluck said in an email that he was sending me the million if I only paid a small fee....

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Reply 25 - Posted by: enuf8, 2/24/2013 1:18:05 PM     (No. 9193691)

Most likely it was US AID in the first place.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Democracy First, 2/24/2013 1:26:17 PM     (No. 9193709)

Beeyatch-say needs to pay the $$ back , but she is a Dem, so that´ll never happen.. After all, we gotta redistribute that moneys from da rich to da oppressed. She´s part balck , so is automatically "opporessed".

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Reply 27 - Posted by: judy, 2/24/2013 2:00:37 PM     (No. 9193755)

Sooooo ....the won had a million i$$$$ party in the WH for the mexican prez with Beyonce in attendance....

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Reply 28 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 2/24/2013 5:04:13 PM     (No. 9193897)

Another example of why sending money to fight poverty in third world countries doesn´t work.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 2/24/2013 5:08:55 PM     (No. 9193902)

#17...Corruption is endemic in Nigeria, fueled in large part by oil development and brides paid by international companies and not foreign aid...a case example is the Bonny Island LNG facility where you reported you had some management role, financed by $6billion from the people of Nigeria, with about 3% or $180million being skimmed off the top by the winning construction contractors, principally Halliburton/KBR, to be used to bride Nigerian officials and give millions to their presidential campaign...Dick Cheney was head of Halliburton at the time and some have attempted to smear him even though Halliburton bought KBR after their bad acts, and even though it was the Bush/Cheney Administration that went after Halliburton resulting in it paying the US SEC/DoJ $579 million to resolve criminal and civil FCPA charges...not a dime of the settlement money was returned to the actual victims of the bribery scheme, the citizens of Nigeria…the US treasury got a bonus..

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Reply 30 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 2/24/2013 5:13:07 PM     (No. 9193908)

typing way too fast w/o proofing..."brides" should be "bribes" in #30...

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Reply 31 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 2/24/2013 8:26:38 PM     (No. 9194128)

As Obama´s former phony Pastor might say, "Black Man´s greed creates a world in need."

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Reply 32 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/24/2013 11:32:53 PM     (No. 9194282)

Look around, this is becoming a poverty stricken nation thanks to Zippy.

Charity begins at home.

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