Musicians Applaud EFCC's ban on Naira Abuse

Some Fuji musicians have praised the recent actions of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to enforce the ban on Naira abuse.

Last Friday, Bobrisky, whose real name is Idris Okuneye received a six months jail term without an option of fine for abusing Naira. In a similar vein, Cubana Chief Priest whose real name is Pascal Okechukwu was given bail in the sum of N10 million after pleading not guilty to charges bordering on naira abuse.

However, some have greeted these developments as steps in the right direction even though it might affect our musicians especially those that come from indigenous backgrounds In separate interviews, notable musicians such as Pasuma Wasiu Alabi, Saheed Osupa, and Adewale Ayuba spoke about the importance of Nigerians honoring their national currency. Pasuma drew a line between rewarding artists with money and ruining Nigeria’s banknotes. 

He admitted that spraying money at events was part of Nigerian culture but said that he was against all forms of abuse especially when people tear or throw away notes. Pasuma has advised fans to put their cash gifts in boxes provided during shows to promote orderliness amid fears that enforcement would alter his performance style or earnings.

Osupa observed that there has been a change in behavior patterns among spectators as they give out diminishing amounts while opting for collective sprayings instead.


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