Nigerian Senator Slammed for Rap Video: Other Times 'Controversial' Dino Melaye Made Headlines

A Nigerian senator is facing backlash after he appeared in a rap video where he shows off his lavish lifestyle.

Earlier this month, rapper Kach released his latest music video named Dino, after senator Dino Melaye, member of the National Assembly representing the West Kogi constituency.

In the video, the Afro Trap artist, son of Petroleum Minister Emmanuel IbeKachikwu, sings about his taste for expensive things and is seen pretending to eat money and driving luxurious cars.

Melaye, with "Legend " written on his T-shirt, appears in the video for which he reportedly provided his house, cars and money, the Guardian said.

Senator Dino Melaye in Kach's rap video
Earlier this month, Nigerian rapper Kach released his latest music video named Dino, after senator Dino Melaye, member of the National Assembly representing the West Kogi constituency. The senator was criticized after appearing in the video and showing off his lavish lifestyle. YouTube screenshot

People took to social media to criticize the politician for his showing off his wealth while many people in Nigeria are experiencing economic hardship.

This is not the first time that the senator has stirred criticism or has been hit by scandals in Nigeria, Africa's most popolous nation.

He was labeled as one of the ten most controversial Nigerian politicians of 2017. Here is why:

"Failed" to graduate

The senator made headlines again earlier this year, when news site Sahara Reporter alleged he had failed to graduate from a Geography course after spending about seven years at the Ahmadu Bello University.

However, the Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Ibrahim Garba, rejected the claims and said Melaye possessed a genuine third class degree in Geography that the institution awarded him in 2000, the Daily Post said.

Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, later accused Garba and Melaye of colluding to cover up the scandal.

"Smashing hit"

Melaye embarked himself on a music career when he released the Ajeku Iya song, which the Pulse described as "a smashing hit single" in Nigeria.

However, the song did not receive positive feedback when he tried to sing it at the London's Nothing Hill Carnival in August, where he was reportedly booed by the Nigerian audience present at the event.

Petition to recall him

West Kogi constituents petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recall the senator, accusing him of poorly representing the consituency.

The senator denied the allegations and approached the Federal High Court in the capital Abuja in June asking to declare the petition illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional, according to Channels Television.

He also accused his State governor, Yahaya Bello, of sponsoring his recall for urging him to pay workers and retirees their salaries and allowances.

Some civil servants in Kogi are due unpaid salaries. The suicide of a director of the Kogi Civil Service earlier this year shed light on the extent of the problem. Melaye said in October civil servants had not been paid for more than 22 months.