The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says it would take singer, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, to court if he fails to withdraw his ‘This is Nigeria’ video and apologise to Nigerians.
MURIC in a statement issued on Tuesday and made available to Elendu Reports, said the girls who danced in the video did not portray the abducted Chibok girls that the singer claimed they represent.
Folarin Falana is the son of Femi Falana, lawyer and human rights activist.
In the video by Falz, some girls dressed in hijab were seen dancing the “shaku shaku” dance.
In his defence after criticism against the use of the hijab wearing girls in the video, Falz explained that the girls were a representation of the abducted Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity. .
It also condemned “a character that dressed like a Fulani man, who suddenly abandoned his traditional guitar and beheaded a man” featured in the video.
The video which MURIC described as “thoughtless, insensitive and highly provocative,” “could brew religious and ethnic crisis,” it argued.
The group said the video is spiteful and intended to denigrate Islam and Muslims.
The statement reads in part
“MURIC rejects Falz’ explanation that the girls in hijab in his ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance symbolise the Chibok girls because nothing in the video indicates that the girls represent the Chibok girls.
“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.”
MURIC called on security agencies and the National Film And Video Censors Board to clamp down on the video.
‘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therefore give notice of impending legal action against the artist behind the ‘Shaku Shaku’ video unless the latter is withdrawn and an apology is widely published within seven days.” It said