The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked
rapper Folarin Falana aka Falz to withdraw his
‘This is Nigeria’ video and apologise to Muslims
for using girls dressed in Hijab in the video or
face legal action within the next 7 days.
Falz has explained that he used the ladies in Hijab to push more
awareness about the Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity and
the need to rescue them as soon as possible.
In a statement released by MURIC’s director Ishaq Akintola, the
group said the dancers in the video in no way depict the situation
of the Chibok girls. The group described the video as “thoughtless,
insensitive and highly provocative,”

“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. 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. Only the scenes portraying police brutality and the
money-swallowing snake in the video are near the truth.”
the statement read

The group called on the National Film And Video Censors Board
(NFVCB) to ban the video.

“We call the attention of security agencies to this hate
action. We remind Nigerians of the outcome of similar
provocative actions in the past and their unpalatable
outcomes. The National Film And Video Censors Board
(NFVCB), a regulatory agency set up by Act No. 85 of 1993
to regulate films and the video industry has a case to
answer. ‘Shaku Shaku’ video was shot and released under
its watch. 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‘Shaku Shaku’ video unless the latter is withdrawn and an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.” the
statement read

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