Following the release of Falz‘s controversial music video, This is Nigeria which happens to be a parody of American Rapper, Childish Gambino‘s This is America, The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has demanded the video be brought down or he faces legal actions.
The video which has since sparked up lots of reactions (both positive and negative) since its release was directed by Iyobosa Rehoboth also known as Prodigeezy, capturing the current state of Nigeria.
Although Falz has responded to some of the criticism with regards to the girls dancing in hijab. According to him, the girls were a representation of the abducted Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity. Read More.
MURIC, however, rejects Falz’ explanation that the girls in hijab dancing Shaku Shaku symbolizes the Chibok girls because nothing in the video indicates they represent the Chibok girls. In a statement released by the groups’ Executive Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola the video was described as thoughtless, insensitive and highly provocative. He furthered said:
“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 a 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.”