Human rights activist and renowned attorney, Femi Falana (SAN), has dared the Muslims Rights Concern, MURIC, to sue his son, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz, if they are aggrieved by his trending ‘This is Nigeria’ video.
ALEDEH recalls that the Muslim group had called on “Falz” to withdraw his ‘This is Nigeria’ music video and apologise to Nigerians, or face legal action.
The Nigerian rapper released a new music video in May where some girls dressed in hijab were seen dancing the “shaku shaku” dance.
Responding to criticisms that trailed the video, Falz explained that the girls were a representation of the abducted Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity.
Apparently displeased with the rapper’s explanation, MURIC, in a statement by its director, Ishaq Akintola, stressed that the dancers in the video in no way depict the situation of the girls.
“MURIC rejects Falz’ explanation that the girls in hijab in his ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance symbolizes the Chibok girls because nothing in the video indicates that the girls represent the Chibok girls,” the statement read.
“We, therefore, demand its withdrawal and an apology to Nigerian Muslims within seven days or the authors and their agents will face legal action if they fail to comply”, MURIC said in the statement.
Reacting to the threat in an interview with VANGUARD newspaper, Falana noted that in as much as freedom of speech is constitutionally guaranteed in the country, nobody has the right to threaten another person.
The Human rights activist stressed that the video in question contains a lot of messages and desired to be encouraged by anybody who has the interest of this country at heart.
Speaking further, Falana said he has confirmed that his son, who’s also a lawyer by profession, is handling the threat within the ambit of the law.
“My son is a lawyer and I have confirmed that he’s handling the threat within the ambit of the law. The video in question contains a lot of messages and it should be encouraged by anybody who has the interest of our country at heart.
“Since the group has threatened to sue him or threatening to sue him. My son has promised that he would meet them in court. I support that decision.
“We all belong to this country, nobody can threaten another person. Freedom of speech is constitutionally guaranteed.
“If you are aggrieved as a result of any publication or record, the appropriate thing for you to do is to go to court. I’d hope that they will go to court at the expiration of the ultimatum given to my son,” Falana added.