Falz The Bahd Guy is probably the most well-rounded entertainer and artiste in Nigeria but we will save this argument for later.
One of the many functions of music as a form of art is its ability to mirror and sometimes shapen society and it is in that light that Childish Gambino thought to put the reality of today’s America in a 4-minute song and video, addressing the dire issue of school shootings, gun violence in general, police brutality, racism, social media distraction and more.
Falz The Bahd Guy, in his right thinking and conscious mind, decided to use this art offering as a template to bring some of Nigeria’s most serious problems to the fore but he has now been ordered by a religious group called Muslim Rights Concern to take the video down.
Falz’s version points out issues like the kidnapped Chibok girls, religious extortion/hypocrisy, bribery, corruption, our current drug epidemic, herdsmen crisis, cyber-crime, Nigeria’s political buffoonery among others but it is quite appalling, what a certain group of people have decided to focus on: The Hijab wearing girls who were used to represent the Chibok girls in the video.
A portion of the statement released by MURIC reads:
“…At least none of the Chibok girls have been seen dancing like a drunkard. They are always in pensive mood. Do they have any cause to be dancing? Are they happy? .
The video manifests ethnic bias against Fulanis while it ignored the criminal activities of ethnic militia of the Middle Belt who have also massacred Fulanis and rustled their cattle in their thousands. .
It is a hate video. This video has the potential of causing religious crisis of unprecedented dimension. It is an assault on the self-dignity of every Muslim. It is freedom of expression gone haywire.”
It is completely understandable that art is subjective but even Cobhams can see that the girls said to be ‘dancing like drunkards’ only serve as an artistic representation.
I stand to be corrected but I do not remember any ultimatum given to Boko Haram by the MURIC group when the Chibok girls were kidnapped. The MURIC have not yet called to order, the Fulani brothers who have constantly been in the news in the past year, for wreaking havoc and pain to countless numbers of families. How then is a video that exposes our problems all of a sudden a threat to Islam?
In the This is Nigeria song, Falz also correctly addressed a few problems in the Christian religion which include false/perverse prophets and churches that take advantage of their congregation. We do not need sorcerers to help us decipher that Falz was directly talking about the following churches and their education extensions but we don’t hear any Christian Rights Concern group griping. You know why? Because nothing Falz mentioned about them is a lie.
- Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) – Covenant University
- Redeemed Christian Church Of God – Redeemers University
- Seventh Day Adventist – Babcock University
- Church of God Mission – Benson Idahosa University
- And the rest.
Honestly, this is definitely deeper than just fighting for the rights of “All” Muslims. Looks more to me like someone or some people in authority are using the MURIC brand as a front to air the discomfort that this truth has caused them. What MURIC needs to do is sit down, watch the This is Nigeria video again and begin to devise ways that we can collectively come to the aid of our seriously ailing country.
The 7-day ultimatum will be due anytime now, and it would be interesting to evaluate the suit that has been threatened to be filed against Falz who is not only a lawyer but also the son of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria – Femi Falana.