By Temitope Ojo
A Muslim group known as ‘Muslim Against Terror’ has come to the
defence of artiste, Folarin Falana a.k.a Falz the Bahd Guy over a
recent controversial video he made titled ‘This is Nigeria’.
Falz made headlines on earlier this week after a Muslim group known as
the ‘Muslim Rights Concern’ group, MURIC, threatened to sue Falz if he
did not pull down the video.
The group says MURIC does not have an understanding of veil usage.
MURIC’s issue with the video was the female dancers wearing Hijabs and
seen dancing ‘Shaku Shaku’.
Below is a statement in part, from the Muslim Against Terror Group;
“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
The group also urged MURIC to focus on the issues raised in the video.
“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.”