Posted on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 12:12 AM

Muslim group under the umbrella of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has withdrawn its Law suit threat against Folarin Falana ‘AKA’ Falz over his controversial ‘This is Nigeria’ video.

The group had last week, given  a seven-day ultimatum to ‘Falz’ to withdraw the video and demanded an apology.

The music video pictured some girls in hijab dancing to the song’s rhythm.

In a statement issued and signed by its director, Ishaq Akintola on Monday, the said although it will no longer press charges against the artiste, he (Falz) will be handed over to government agencies that are responsible for censoring films and videos.

It said the development came on the heels of several pleas from well meaning Nigerians saying: “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 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 organisation committed to promoting peace in Nigeria, the Think-Tank resolved to drag the artiste to government agencies saddled with the responsibility of censoring films and videos.

It stress that the move:“Is not a U-turn but a sudden change in tactics which will have a more enduring impact not only on Falz but the entire industry” as it will make agencies sit up to their responsibilities.

“MURIC is no longer contemplating court action against Falz, neither are we demanding any apology from him or his management.

“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.”

“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.”

 

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