A Muslim group in Nigeria is calling on musician Falz to withdraw his video for the single ‘This is Nigeria’ within seven days and apologise to Muslims.
“It is a hate video… It is an assault on the self-dignity of every Muslim,” said Ishaq Akintola, the head of the The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), in a statement.
Falz’ video is inspired by the stark and powerful imagery of US rapper Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ clip, which launches a scathing and at times humorous attack on police violence, racism and gun crime in America.
MURIC said it objected to the presence of girls wearing hijabs doing the shaku shaku dance. Falz has defended the characters, saying they represent the abducted Chibok girls.
The group also criticised the use of a character at the start of the video who is “dressed like a Fulani man” and “suddenly abandons his traditional guitar and beheads a man”.