Folarin Falana aka Falz the dangerous man who has been criticized and threatened by The Muslim Rights Concern with authorized motion for disrespecting Islam has refuted thier claims by saying that their menace as absurd, baseless
Falz who can also be barrister responded to MURIC’s Threat In an unique chat with Punch Corespondent Ademola Olonilua, when he was questioned on the problem.
An Islamic group, The Muslim Rights Concern, claims that you simply disrespected Islam by that includes ladies in hijab dancing Shaku Shaku within the video. Why was that scene in your video?
I believe it is vitally clear what that scene represented within the video. The message could be very clear as a result of the women there symbolise the fixed points and troubles that face the harmless woman baby in Nigeria, particularly within the northern a part of Nigeria. They have been victims of kidnappings and we’ve got the case of the Chibok ladies and not too long ago the Dapchi ladies. Till date, many of the Chibok ladies haven’t been discovered whereas a Dapchi woman continues to be held captive. That is what these ladies symbolise. I really feel everybody acquired the message and it’s absurd that a group of individuals like MURIC alleged that it’s a hate video. I don’t suppose that is smart in any approach as a result of in the identical video, I spoke about different points like insecurity, corruption, and I even talked about pastors. No Christian has come out to say that it’s a hate video; so what’s MURIC speaking about? I do not likely perceive them.
But why did the women in hijab have to bop Shaku Shaku which is a secular dance step?
If you observed, I used to be dancing as effectively and the dance was symbolic. The dance was symbolic of leisure being a distraction from every part that’s occurring in our society. Shaku Shaku is the preferred dance step in Nigeria and it’s presently in vogue; it’s fairly clear that with all that’s occurring, everybody is embedded and carried away with the dance tradition. I used to be simply attempting to say that everybody is simply too carried away with leisure that they appear to overlook all of the issues which might be occurring proper in entrance of our faces.
Did you count on this sort of backlash from anybody particularly the Muslim society?
I anticipated reactions, conversations, controversies however I didn’t count on that anybody would allege that it’s a hate video or that the video would incite violence. There isn’t any approach that a video like that may incite violence.
We learnt MURIC needs to tug you to court docket. Is that true?
Yes. I really feel it is vitally humorous as a result of there is no such thing as a reason for motion, to be trustworthy. There isn’t any legislation that’s towards younger girls dancing in hijab. There is completely no foundation for an authorized motion, I imply, individuals dance in hijabs on a regular basis in films and events. In truth, designers have made sportswear which have hijabs, so why are they not saying that’s a disrespect to the faith? I believe it’s a baseless allegation.
So you might be satisfied that you simply didn’t insult the Islamic faith with the music video?
I’ve the utmost respect for Islam in addition to each different faith however what I believe our individuals have to focus extra on is tips on how to get away from being spiritual fanatics. It is one in every of our greatest issues and it was a subject I addressed in the identical tune and visible.
There are studies on-line that you simply mentioned you are ready to fulfill MURIC in court docket. Is that true?
If there’s actually going to be a court docket case, in fact, I’m ready however there’s none; there is no such thing as a case right here and I don’t suppose it’s something that may maintain water in any court docket. If they had been to institute proceedings, I don’t suppose it’s one thing that may see the sunshine of the day as a result of there is no such thing as a reason for motion.
You as soon as stated that you simply need to be an activist by means of your music. With the warmth this tune has introduced to the doorstep, do you suppose you are ready to journey that path?
I’m very ready and I do know that social acutely aware songs like this don’t come with out repercussions and reactions. They don’t come with out backlash. It is one thing I’ve thought of and it might positively come my approach but when you’ll converse the reality, then you need to stand for what is true. This is one thing I’m going to proceed to do and I might at all times stand for what is true.
How has your father reacted to the video and the controversy trailing it?
Political commentary and socially acutely aware music is one thing my father has at all times inspired me to do; so he was joyful when this got here out.
Already there are memes on the web about Falz vs MURIC. Are you conscious?
Yes, I’ve seen a few of them. All these memes make me snigger and they’re fairly humorous. It is fascinating to see them. Another fascinating factor is that nearly everybody can see that MURIC doesn’t have a case or significant allegation. With the memes and tweets I’ve been seeing, some individuals are even saying that if I take down the video, they might sue me. Some are saying that if I take down the video, they might add it once more in order that MURIC ought to come and sue them. I learn a lot of fascinating tweets through the week. It is nice to see that individuals are truly talking out towards these guys.
Are you not afraid to your life?
I’m not afraid, I’m protected by God. If I’m talking the reality which is the precise factor to do; I don’t suppose anyone can hurt me.
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