Tanzanian singer Naseeb Abdul, alias Diamond Platnumz has opened up on his tight relationship with departed president John Pombe Magufuli.
Speaking after viewing the late leader’s body in Dar Es Salaam on Saturday, March 20, the singer revealed that Magufuli gave him a call during the drama surrounding his biological father.
“Ukaribu wake ulikuwa mkubwa kwa Jamii maana wakati mwingine unaweza kuwa umekaa alafu Rais anakupigia simu mnazungumza kama mtu unaongea na mzazi wako,” said the singer.
“Na hata kipindi kile yalipotokea maswala ya Baba alinipigia simu kuniuliza. Kwa hiyo ni mtu ambaye tutamkumbuka kwa vitu vingine. Alikuwa anatumia muda mwingi kufanya kazi ili tupate maendeleo.”
Diamond said Magufuli was like a father to him and he always addressed matters affecting musicians and Tanzanians at large.
The singer added that even though he is no more, it is important to keep his legacy living by doing what he encouraged.
“Kikubwa ni kuendelea kufanya vitu ambavyo alivizungumza vile vyema lakini pia waaminisha vijana na watanzania kuwa kila kitu kinawezekana. Katika muda wake aliongoza amefanya vitu vingi sana kwa hiyvo inaonyesha kuwa tuimaweza
“Alipokuwa anasema Tanzania ni Tajiri sio kwamba hela iko mfukoni ila tuina respurces ambazo tukitumia vizuri itatupa maendeleo,” he added.
Diamond also expressed confidence in incoming President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s leadership revealing that he has worked with her in several occasions.
“Mimi Binafsi na mwamini sana Mama Samia na ndo maana alikuwa Makamu wa Rais. Alipata muda mwingi wa kufanya kazi na hayati Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli na pia ana viongozi wengine ambao wememzunguka na sina mashaka na yeye. Mimi nimelelewa na mama kwa hiyo Nnchi ipo katika mikono salama. Muhimu tumuombee,” said Diamond.
It was also noted that Magufuli was one of the biggest consumer of Bongo Flava music.
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