The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked singer Falz to withdraw his ‘This is Nigeria’ video and apologize to Nigerians, or face legal action.
The recently released video shows some girls dressed in hijab dancing the “shaku shaku” dance. This has causes many Muslims to criticize the song.
Reacting to their criticism, Falz explained that the girls were a representation of the abducted Chibok girLs still in Boko Haram captivity. .
However, this does not stop the criticism as MURIC, in a statement by Ishaq Akintola, its director, said the dancers in the video in no way portray the situation of the girls.
The group also condemned “a character that dressed like a Fulani man, who suddenly abandoned his traditional guitar and beheaded a man” featured in the video. .
MURIC said The video could brew religious and ethnic crisis. It also said the video is spiteful and intended to denigrate Islam and Muslims. .
“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,” 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.” .
The group called on security agencies and the National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to clamp down on the video.