The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has issued Falz a seven-day ultimatum to take down his video for “This is Nigeria” or face legal actions by the organization.
This is because the singer used Girls in Hijab to dance “secular” moves.
According to The Cable, the request was made in a press release by the group’s director, Ishaq Akintola.
The announcement peruses:
“MURIC rejects Falz’ clarification that the young ladies in hijab in his ‘Shaku’ move symbolize the Chibok young ladies since nothing in the video demonstrates that the young ladies speak to the Chibok young ladies.
In any event none of the Chibok young ladies have been seen moving like an alcoholic. They are dependably in thoughtful disposition. Do they have any reason to move? Is it true that they are glad?
The video shows ethnic predisposition against Fulanis while it overlooked the criminal exercises of ethnic civilian army of the Middle Belt who have likewise slaughtered Fulanis and stirred their cows in their thousands.
It is an abhor video. This video has the capability of causing religious emergency of exceptional measurement.
It is an attack on the self-pride of each Muslim. It is opportunity of articulation gone haywire.
We in this way request its withdrawal and an expression of remorse to Nigerian Muslims inside seven days or the creators and their specialists will confront lawful activity in the event that they neglect to agree.
Just the scenes depicting police severity and the cash gulping snake in the video are close to reality.
We call the consideration of security organizations to this loathe activity.
We help Nigerians to remember the result of comparative provocative activities before and their unpalatable results.
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therefore, give notice of impending legal action against the artist behind the ‘Shaku Shaku’ video unless the latter is withdrawn and an apology is widely published within seven days”.
Pulse immediately reached out to Falz’s manager, Femisoro Ajayi, who confirmed that he was aware of the statement by the Muslim group, but they have no plans to take down the video.
‘Yes, I have seen the statement online, but we have no official response yet, the video is out there and we have no plans to take it down, we will only respond when we get an official letter directly sent to us”, he says.
Released barely over a week ago, the video which has gathered over 3.9 Million YouTube views generated a frenzy online and continues to attract reactions, both from home and abroad.
Critics have strongly pointed to various scenes in the video that they felt failed to properly capture the magnitude of the regions or situations they were supposed to represent.
His representations of the Fulani herdsmen killings and the dancing Chibok girls, a group of students kidnapped from their schools by the dreaded Boko Haram group have earned him his some critcisms.