Muslim Rights Group Finally Agrees With Falz

The ongoing clash between Nigerian rapper Falz and Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) might have come to an end after the group released a statement.

Recall that Falz portrayed the Chibok girls as happy and depicting the Fulani’s as killers in his Childish Gambino cover of ”This is Nigeria” video, which led to MURIC condemning the song.

MURIC claims the song has the tendency of causing ethnic and religious clashes as there was no balancing, thereby promoting Islamophobia.

Read the statement below as released by MURIC:

”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.

Falz Management Replies MURIC On ‘This Is Nigeria’ Video

The management team of rapper Folarin Falana aka Falz have finally reacted to the demand by the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) group for the singer to take down his ”This if Nigeria” music video  within 7-days or face legal action.

Recall that the Muslim group in a statement released on Tuesday May 5th said Falz should apologise to Muslims for using girls dressed in Hijab in the video or face legal action within the next 7 days.

The group  said the dancers in the video in no way depict the situation of the Chibok girl and that the video is “thoughtless, insensitive and highly provocative,”

Responding, Falz’s management in a statement released said they will not be taking down the video.

”We have nothing to say. We are not withdrawing the video neither are we commenting on their claims. If they (MURIC) have any grievance they can head to court and we will meet them”, the statement read

Falz Gives Hint On His Marital

Singer and actor, Folarin Falana, aka Falz, may be walking down the aisle sooner than many expect.

Speaking about his plans for marriage, Falz said, “In recent past, people have been putting me under a lot of pressure to get ready. When Banky W and Adesua got married last year and it almost broke the Internet, it put a lot of pressure on bachelors like me. Everybody is getting married; so, I think it’s high time for me.”

Sharing one of his toughest experiences in life, Falana said, “In November 2013, I had a terrible accident. It was a near-death experience and I was in the vehicle with my management team. The accident was caused by an armed robbery. We were on the highway when suddenly the car was shot at. The driver was killed and we ended up in a ditch. I sustained injuries and the visible scars are on my body from that day.

“I really thought it was the end, especially when the driver died and his foot was still on the throttle, making the car to continue moving. As the car was about to crash, I just covered my face and brace for impact. I thought that at least, one should die as a fine boy.

“After the crash, the armed robbers came and ransacked all the bags in the car, looking for money. Today, I continue to remember that incident and I know that God kept me alive for a reason.”

Simi Finally Reveals Her Relationship With Falz And Adekunle Gold

Nigerian singer Simi has long been rumoured to be in a relationship with  Adekunle who she later dumped for rapper Falz. Her romance with Adekunle Gold was never outrightly denied or confirmed by either of them even though insiders say they’re an item.

In the last two years she has also built up a friendship with rapper/comedian Falz. They became the number one couple in the hearts of fans after they both released an album titled Chemistry.

Simi has been asked who her true love is between Adekunle Gold and Falz, and finally she’s speaking about them; only just stopping short of naming who she’s dating.

In an interview, Simi revealed how she met Falz and Adekunle Gold. The ‘Tiff’ singer admitted to meeting the ‘BAHD’  rapper on social media. Falz contacted Simi after hearing some of her music.

‘[When I met Adekunle Gold] , I just knew him as a graphic artist, popularly referred to as the ‘King of Photoshop’. I didn’t even know he was a singer, but we just became close from there.’ Falz she says sought her ought when he heard her music.

‘He heard one of my works, and he reached out to me on Twitter. From there, we hooked up in the studio and did some things together. Soldier was actually my song, and when he heard it, we decided to work together on it.’

However she refused to name her boyfriend even though she confirmed that she indeed was in a relationship.

‘I always like to keep my personal life away from the public. All I can say is that I am in a relationship but I just don’t want to disclose the person’s name.’

Nigeria Is Better Together – Singer, Falz Reacts To Quit Notice On Igbos

Nigerian hip-hop star, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz has condemned the recent agitations for Biafra and the quit notice issued by northerners to Igbos.

According to him, Nigeria is a better nation when we all work in unity and not issuing threats against one another.

Recall that a Northern Coalition group had ordered Igbos to vacate the region in three months.

The Bahd guy crooner further called on Nigerians to be more tolerant with one another and embrace unity.

“All of you issuing threats and sending people away, you really need to calm dan!!
“We are one Nigeria. We are better together,” he wrote on his Instagram page.