Falz has gotten support from an Islamic group in the public debate about the implication of his ‘This is Nigeria‘ video on the religion: Islam. An Islamic group called ‘Muslim Against Terror’ has come out to defend Falz in the controversial issue that has seen a group called, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) group threaten to sue him if he does not pull down the aforementioned video.
The MURIC group condemned Falz for using female dancers wearing Hijabs to dance ‘Shaku Shaku’ in the ‘This Is Nigeria’ video. In a public statement made by the director of the group, the video was described as “a hate video”. The director of the group said, “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.” He gave Falz an ultimatum of 7 days to take down the video.
However, in defense of Falz and in opposition to MURIC group, the Muslim Against Terror group stated that MURIC does not have an understanding of veil usage.
Read the statement from the Muslim Against Terror Group is below:
“In clear contradiction to what MURIC’s Professor Ishaq Akintola claimed, Islam or Muslim was NEVER mentioned in the video and the veil is not owned by Islam but worn by anyone who so feels, hopefully to the pleasure of Muslims and worn by nuns and sometimes forcibly doused by terrorists on their captors as happened in the Chibok case. “Where did Ishaq see Islam or Muslim in this video?
“Was this subvert threat of a possible repeat of radical and meaningless, unjustified violence by misguided Islamists in the past, a means of merely defending the Buhari administration possibly negatively affected by the viral video and defending Fulani herder-related terrorism by attempting to present the video as religiously provocative? The video was not.
“If at all the video provoked any religion it was the Christian faith, by ridiculing pastors casting out demons via grabbing female breasts, and also laying direct attacks at pastors involved in the establishment of universities which their congregations cannot attend.”
The group urged MURIC to focus on the pressing societal issues raised in the video. In their words,
“As regards truths of value in the video, there were very many that seemed not to be digested by Professor Ishaq, including that the people are extremely poor, medical facilities are poor, that we operate a predatory neocolonial-capitalist system fueled on fraud and exploitation, bedeviled with institutionalized corruption, that criminal cases are settled in police stations and not courts, police station closing by six, no electricity, youth work multiple jobs and yet are called lazy by the president.”