Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Another Muslim Group Clap Back At MURIC Over ‘This Is Nigeria’ Criticism
In the wake of the controversy trailing the viral music video ‘This is Nigeria’ performed by Folarin Falana otherwise known as Falz, another Muslim group has thrown its weight behind the rapper.
A group known as Muslims Against Terror has claimed that the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) are being overly sensitive about the issue and it isn’t as offensive as they claim it is.
MURIC had in a statement by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said that the video depicted Muslim girls in Hijab doing the Shaku Shaku (a colloquial Nigerian dance) which MURIC associated with drug use and drunkenness.
The Muslims Against Terror claimed that MURIC were unable to understand the full spectrum of the song.
In the counter-statement to MURIC’s own, the other Muslim group asked if the MURIC director would “prefer watching the ladies in the video dressed in body-hugging mini skirts and shaking their bountiful parts??
The statement read: “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 attend.”
The Muslims Against Terror group stated that instead of criticising the video and threatening Falz with a lawsuit, they should instead look to address 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.”