The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said that featuring hijab-clad women dancing ‘Shaku Shaku’ in his latest video, singer Folarin Falana, otherwise called Falz, has offended Nigerian Muslims.
MURIC, on Tuesday, demanded that the musician popularly called Falz the Bahd Guy, withdraw his latest music video, This is Nigeria, or face legal action.
Convener of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, reiterated that the “video was a slap on the face of Islamdom.”
Akintola said, “That video is provocative. That video depicts Muslim women dancing Shaku shaku.
“According to Falz, it represents the Chibok girls. [But] Chibok girls cannot be known to be dancing. They are despondent, they are in despair, they are frustrated. They have not been rescued. There are so many of them in captivity and all Nigerians are praying for them. So, how can they be dancing?
“So, it is ironical; it doesn’t represent reality. The video itself is a slap on Islamdom.”
The Professor of Islamic Eschatology added that MURIC chose to take the legal route, rather than the route of violence, so as not to further denigrate the name of Islam.
“Some Nigerians cannot just be taking things for granted. This country is fraudulent. Our Constitution contains freedom of religion but people don’t give us that respect.
“Even the people who are supposed to call defaulters to order pretend to be sleeping when Muslims are knocked on the head.
“And when lawless people go to the streets, using the name of Islam to destroy, to be violent, to beat up people, destroy houses, destroy government properties, to kill and maim, the media is happy that the name of Islam is being destroyed.
“We are against that. We are against violence. And that is why we are taking this guy to court. If he doesn’t withdraw that video and if he doesn’t apologise to Nigerians, especially the Nigerian Muslims.”
Asked if MURIC would speak with the rap artiste, Akintola reiterated that the Islamic organisation was not opposed to dialogue if Falz so wishes, but that MURIC would not call him first.
Akintola, however, restated the legal repercussions if Falz fails to accede to the organisation’s demands within seven days, starting on Tuesday (today).
MURIC had, earlier on Tuesday, issued a statement demanding that Falz withdraw his This is Nigeria video and to also tender an apology within seven days for using women wearing hijabs and dancing Shaku shaku.
The group also dragged the National Films and Videos Censors Board into the matter and hinted at a possible legal battle unless Falz withdraws the video and tenders an apology within seven days.
Falz has not responded to phone calls and a text message as of the time of filing this report.