The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has withdrawn their court suing threat against Nigerian artiste Falz. In a new statement released by MURIC on June 11, tells their reasons for their withdrawal.
Read the full statement below:
“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-days ultimatum was given for the withdrawal of the video and an apology failing which 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, counselling 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 and resolved to drag the artiste to government agencies saddled with responsibilities of censoring films and videos. It is not a U-turn but a sudden change tactics.”
Falz was accused last week by MURIC for using features of their religion in his ‘This is Nigeria’ video, which does not conform to their code of ethics. According to the group, the video made mockery of their religion because some girls were seen in the footage wearing hijab and dancing the shaku shaku.
However, the artiste did not come out to render any apologies to the Muslim group, but rather went ahead to explain himself as to why he shot the video with such content.