Nigerians are not happy with Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the leader of Muslim Rights Concern MURIC, for criticizing a dance video done by Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, popularly called Falz the Bahd Guy, where he featured hijab-clad women dancing to a tune. The video was titled ‘This is Nigeria’.
MURIC had on Tuesday claimed that the “video was a slap on the face of Islamdom.”
Prof. Akintola went on to say; ““Some Nigerians cannot just be taking things for granted. This country is fraudulent. Our Constitution contains freedom of religion but people don’t give us that respect.
“And when lawless people go to the streets, using the name of Islam to destroy, to be violent, to beat up people, destroy houses, destroy government properties, to kill and maim, the media is happy that the name of Islam is being destroyed.
“We are against that. We are against violence. And that is why we are taking this guy to court. If he doesn’t withdraw that video and if he doesn’t apologise to Nigerians, especially the Nigerian Muslims.”
But less than 24 hours after the comments by MURIC, Nigerians on Twitter have hit out at MURIC and Prof. Akintola saying Falz had passed a good message with his video.
See reactions on Twitter:
@Naijadailyfeed “I stand here to say that MURIC is a senseless organization. They are putting so much energy into the issue of harmless hijabi girls dancing in Falz video meanwhile they keep mum and silent over the fact that female suicide bombers conceal their bombs under their hijab. Why?”
@OgbeniDipo “Falz passed a very good message with his #ThisisNigeria video. Of course individuals or groups can get angry, dissatisfied and criticise him. MURIC did. I’d be more interested in MURIC’s criticisms of the endless killings in Benue, Zamfara, Taraba etc and brutality by SARS.
@gimbakakanda “Hijabi dancers as featured in a music video are a subject of a sensationalized outrage in the same world people wear hijab for even suicide bombing. We live in the same country that once contemplated banning hijabs at public places. The hijab doesn’t make a Muslim, dear MURIC.”
@OgbeniDipo “In my opinion, Falz criticised corruption in churches and harshly criticised pastors, but of course we know he wasn’t referring to all churches and pastors in Nigeria. And his criticisms were appropriate. If CAN raises an eyebrow they’d be laughed at. MURIC is joking, I suspect.”
@HNNAfrica “On @falzthebahdguy I’m a Music Journalist of 18 years, Music publicist and twice Grammy award judge in North America created HipHossip Canada’s leading music blog endorsed by @MTV @BET @VH1 now #HNNMusic. People pay me for Music reviews. Falz should get a @vmas award. MURIC STFU!”
@_PLICE “LMAO! Falz is a LAWYER His Father is a LAWYER His Mother is a LAWYER His Producer SESS is a LAWYER MURIC are you sure you want to do this??”