The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has rescinded in its resolution to institute a court docket case earlier than Folarin Falana, higher generally known as Falz, to court docket over his musical video, ‘This is Nigeria’.
It will likely be recalled that the Muslim group had given Falz seven days to withdraw the video or danger being sued for the “offensive” scenes within the video.
However, in a assertion on Sunday by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC stated its new resolution was “not a U-turn but a sudden change in tactics”. It stated the brand new line of motion would “have a extra enduring influence not solely on Falz however your entire leisure trade.
“It will also make the agencies sit up to their responsibilities and inject a huge dose of discipline in the music and film industries in general,” learn the assertion.
“Although he stopped wanting apologizing, the artiste has tried to clear himself in printed interviews made obtainable to us. As acknowledged by him, he didn’t intend to ridicule Muslims. He stated his intention was to name consideration to the plight of the Chibok women though we predict he has executed that the unsuitable manner.
“A scene within the video wherein the ‘Chibok girls’ are in pensive temper would have been extra consultant of the fact on floor as a result of kidnapped women can’t be dancing like individuals beneath the affect of medication. They are in captivity and they also don’t have any trigger beneath the solar for jubilating.
“Again, the Fulani (Muslims) have been painted as killers whereas Benue militia (Christians) who rustle Fulani cattles and slaughter their wives and youngsters weren’t featured. This is grossly unfair. Falz ought to discover a manner of balancing his video. The kidnappers of the South East (additionally Christians) have been spared whereas the oil saboteurs of the Niger Delta (Christians too) have been ignored. Falz’s video is loaded with Islamophobia. That video must be titled ‘This is not Nigeria’. It is Islam-bashing. Nigeria’s video regulatory company ought to subsequently ban the video or ask the artist to edit it correctly.”
The group subsequently referred to as for motion from authorities companies “who’re alleged to do their jobs within the first place. Instead of making media rigidity and granting low-cost reputation, this matter will now be dealt with by professionals who know what to do,”