Last week, the Islamic group MURIC gave Nigerian singer Falz a 7-day ultimatum to withdraw the viral video featuring hijab-wearing female choreographers dancing the trendy “Shaku-shaku” dance. However, Falz defended the video and several religious groups swiftly rose up to defend its message.
In a press statement issued on Monday, MURIC disclosed that they have resolved to drag the artist to government agencies that are responsible for censoring films and videos, rather than taking legal action against the artiste.
“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, a majority of whom are of the Islamic faith. 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 organisation 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. 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 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. 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.”