Folarin Falana aka Falz released his cover of Childish Gambino’s hit song, “This is America“. Falz‘s version, titled “This is Nigeria” became an instant hit. The video also created a storm online and was propelled to worldwide recognition.
In Nigeria where celebrities tend to avoid involvement in political issues, partly due to a deep-seated fear of persecution from the ones deemed to belong in the powerful political class. Falz, however, seemed to have a contrary belief to that. The rapper has been rightly celebrated for a video that fully tackled social ills in the country.
However, without the need for any investigation, the obvious message being passed in the video was Nigeria being a lawless country. While the video play on, the ills are being fronted to see. One such ill portrayed was the killings happening in the country. While some hijab-clad girls were seen dancing, Falz kept on explaining other things.
Remove “This is Nigeria” Video
However, just yesterday, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked Falz to withdraw his “This is Nigeria” video. Also threatening that the rapper would have to apologize to Nigerians, or face legal action. The group had gone on to describe the video as a “hate video“. Although Falz had explained that the girls were a representation of the abducted Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity.
But MURIC, said the dancers in the video in no way depict the situation of the girls. “At least none of the Chibok girls have been seen dancing like a drunkard. They are always in a pensive mood. Do they have any cause to be dancing? Are they happy?” one of the statements read. Further describing the video as “insensitive, thoughtless and highly provocative”. They didn’t stop there. They also went on to condemn “a character that dressed like a Fulani man, who suddenly abandoned his traditional guitar and beheaded a man” featured in the video.
These statements were being released by MURIC’s Executive Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola. The statements continue: “This video has the potential of causing religious crisis of unprecedented dimension. 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 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. This video has denigrated Islam, demonized Nigerian Muslims and subjected them to public opprobrium,” the statement read.
“Only the scenes portraying police brutality and the money-swallowing snake in the video are near the truth. Falz’ ‘Shaku Shaku’ video is nothing but a hate-induced production. It is a most unpatriotic handiwork of a Nigerian youth in 2018.
“We call the attention of security agencies to this hate action. The tragedy facing modern societies all over the world is their criminal complicity in Islam-bashing and their hypocritical accusation of Muslims of terrorism and religious violence.
“We remind Nigerians of the outcome of similar provocative actions in the past and their unpalatable outcomes.
“We condemn violence and all acts of terrorism. But we do not share the opinion that freedom of expression can go to any length.
“As we round up, MURIC warns Nigerian artists to stop giving Muslim names to devilish and lowly characters. We appeal to Muslims all over the country to simmer down. Let us adopt a civilized approach to ‘Shaku Shaku’ and teach agents Provocateur some lessons in respect for human feelings. 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.”