The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked Folarin Falana more popularly known as Falz to withdraw his ‘This is Nigeria’ music video and apologise to
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked Folarin Falana more popularly known as Falz to withdraw his ‘This is Nigeria’ music video and apologise to Nigerians, or face legal action. The ‘This is Nigeria’ music video which has over 2 million views on YouTube since it was recently released has some girls dressed in hijab dancing the “shaku shaku” dance style.
In a statement by Ishaq Akintola, MURIC director, the dancers in the video in no way depict the situation of the girls. Akintola also condemned a character featured in the video, dressed like a Fulani man, who suddenly abandoned his traditional guitar and beheaded a man.
“MURIC rejects Falz’s explanation that the girls in hijab doing the ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance symbolize the Chibok girls because nothing in the video indicates that the girls represent the Chibok girls,” the statement read.
“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.”
Falz had earlier explained after criticism trailed the video that the girls were a representation of the abducted Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity.