By Oluwatobi Opusunju
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has expressed displeasure over Falz’s socially conscious song “This Is Nigeria”, asking him to take down the video within 7 days or face legal actions.
This was contained in a statement made by the group’s Director, Ishaq Akintola recently.
Although, Falz’s “This Is Nigeria”, a cover of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” takes on several social issues affecting the country’s socio-economic development, he has received a few knocks, especially from some Muslims for parading girls wearing hijabs in the video.
According to the statement, “This Is Nigeria” is a “hate video” and has the potential of causing religious crisis of unprecedented dimension.
The group’s anger was that it was “biased against the Fulanis while it ignored the criminal activities of ethnic militia of the Middle Belt” as well as treats lightly the predicament of the Chibok girls as against Falz’s explanation.
As a result, MURIC said Falz must withdraw the video and tender an apology to Nigerian Muslims within 7 days or face legal actions.
See the full statement below:
“MURIC rejects Falz’ explanation that the girls in hijab in his ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance symbolize the Chibok girls because nothing in the video indicates that the girls represent the Chibok girls.
At least none of the Chibok girls have been seen dancing like a drunkard. They are always in pensive mood. Do they have any cause to be dancing? Are they happy?
The video manifests ethnic bias against Fulanis while it ignored the criminal activities of ethnic militia of the Middle Belt who have also massacred Fulanis and rustled their cattle in their thousands.
It is a hate video. This video has the potential of causing religious crisis of unprecedented dimension.
It is an assault on the self-dignity of every Muslim. It is freedom of expression gone haywire.
We therefore demand its withdrawal and an apology to Nigerian Muslims within seven days or the authors and their agents will face legal action if they fail to comply.
Only the scenes portraying police brutality and the money-swallowing snake in the video are near the truth.
We call the attention of security agencies to this hate action.
We remind Nigerians of the outcome of similar provocative actions in the past and their unpalatable outcomes.
The National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB), a regulatory agency set up by Act No. 85 of 1993 to regulate films and the video industry has a case to answer. ‘Shaku Shaku’ video was shot and released under its watch.
Instead of going violent, Nigerian Muslims should take those behind the ‘Shaku Shaku’ video to court in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
We therefore give notice of impending legal action against the artist behind the ‘Shaku Shaku’ video unless the latter is withdrawn and an apology is widely published within seven days.”
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