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 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.
‘This is Nigeria’ moves the concept to the West African nation. Falz lists the ills he sees in Nigeria, including those at the top of society benefitting from political and financial corruption while young people struggle to make a living.
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”.
“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,” MURIC said.
The song also includes the lyric: “Fulani Herdsmen still they slaughter, carry people they massacre.”
Deadly conflicts between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in central Nigeria have claimed hundreds of lives in recent months.
‘This is America’ has been viewed more than 200 million times on YouTube