The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) last week resolved to sue
Folarin Falana (Falz the Bahd Guy), a Nigerian artist, who produced
the video song titled ‘This is Nigeria’ in which a Fulani man was
seen beheading somebody.
The video also featured hijab-wearing female choreographers
dancing the ‘shaku-shaku’ (a dance associated with drug). A
seven-day ultimatum was given for the withdrawal of the video and
an apology failing which a legal tussle would be launched.
Our office has since been inundated with solidarity visits, while our
telephone lines have been flooded with a deluge of calls from
members, friends, well-wishers, journalists and other concerned
Nigerians, majority of whom are of the Islamic faith.
In view of the intervention of these well-meaning Nigerians,
counseling from several quarters and commitments given by us to
those who interfaced with us on this matter, an emergency
meeting of MURIC’s Think-Tank was convened on Sunday, June
10, 2018 to review the situation.
In deference to pleas made by well-meaning Nigerians, in order to
keep faith with our avowed motto (Dialogue, Not Violence) and to
further confirm that MURIC is a listening, mature and responsible
organization committed to promoting peace in Nigeria, the Think-
Tank resolved to drag the artist to government agencies saddled
with the responsibility of censoring films and videos. It is not a U-
turn but a sudden change in tactics.
This will have a more enduring impact not only on Falz but the
entire entertainment industry. 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.
MURIC expresses deep appreciation to its members nation-wide,
particularly Muslim lawyers who volunteered to take up the case
gratis, leaders of Islamic organizations across the country who
offered their solidarity as well as senior civil servants who shared
their rich experiences with us.
Although he stopped short of apologizing, the artist has tried to
clear himself in published interviews made available to us.
According to him, he did not intend to ridicule Muslims. He said his
intention was to call attention to the plight of the Chibok girls
although we think he has done that the wrong way.
A scene in the video in which the ‘Chibok girls’ are in pensive mood
would have been more representative of the reality on ground
because kidnapped girls cannot be dancing like people under the
influence of drug. They are in captivity and so they have no cause
under the sun for jubilating.
Again, the Fulanis (Muslims) were painted as killers while Benue
militias (Christians) who rustle Fulani cattles and slaughter their
wives and children were not featured. This is grossly unfair. Falz
should find a way of balancing his video.
The kidnappers of the South East (also Christians) were spared
while the oil saboteurs of the Niger Delta (Christians too) were
ignored. Falz video is loaded with Islamophobia. That video should
be titled ‘This is not Nigeria’. It is Islam-bashing. Nigeria’s video
regulatory agency should therefore ban the video or ask the artist
to edit it properly.
With this latest development and even before the seven-day
ultimatum expires, MURIC is no longer contemplating court action
against Falz, neither are we demanding any apology from him or
his management. The likely pecuniary gain in the event of a court
validation of our claims does not interest us. We are no longer
looking at Falz but at a larger picture.
The courts will only be interested in legalities, judiciability and
technicalities but the video board will look beyond all that.
Is it professional?
Is it balanced?
Is it truly representative of our country?
Is it morally justifiable?
These are what will interest the board and they are in tandem with
our thinking.
We appreciate artists and our aim is not to punish Falz.
He is not a lazy Nigerian youth.
The matter will now go to those government agencies who are
supposed to do their jobs in the first place. Instead of creating
media tension and granting cheap popularity, this matter will now
be handled by professionals who know what to do.
Our emphasis is going to be mainly on the portrayal of Fulanis as
killers in the video with the concomitant ugly perception it is likely
to create among Nigerians as well as its bandwagon effect on the
image of Muslims in general.
This is one area Falz has not been able to explain away, yet he
refused to apologise. That aspect of the video would have been
edited had the censorship agencies done what was expected of
them or if Falz had followed due process.
In the interest of peace, law and order, we are calling on the
National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to take up the
matter from this moment.
Although MURIC will still do a followup with an official petition, we
expect the board to have begun its independent investigations on
the matter particularly with the furore generated by the issue.
In a nutshell, we insist that Falz video “This is Nigeria” is offensive
and provocative.
It portrays Fulanis (and Nigerian Muslims) as killers.
It is capable of igniting crisis and precipitating a general
breakdown of law and order. The video board must therefore do
the needful.

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  1. Good update

  2. Nice post

  3. Ok

  4. Hmm

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