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Nigerians Begged Us Not To Sue Falz – MURIC

Nigerians Begged Us Not To Sue Falz – MURIC

Nigerians Begged Us Not To Sue Falz – MURIC
June 11
15:56 2018

While so many Nigerians were waiting and expecting to see the beginning and the end of an impending saga between Nigerian Musician, Falz and Muslim group MURIC, it seems there is a turnaround.

Nigerian Muslim group MURIC had previously ordered Falz to take down his music video “This is Nigeria”, alleging that some of its scenes were violating the Islamic religion, while also requesting a public apology.Making a complete turn around the group has stated that it will no longer be suing the singer, instead, it will be dragging the issue to the government agencies which are in charge of censoring films and videos.

The statement signed by Ishaq Akintola, MURIC director, read:

“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 ARTIST TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES SADDLED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CENSORING FILMS AND VIDEOS.

“IT IS NOT A U-TURN BUT A SUDDEN CHANGE IN TACTICS.”

The group said the new move:

“WILL HAVE A MORE ENDURING IMPACT NOT ONLY ON FALZ BUT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY”.

“MURIC IS NO LONGER CONTEMPLATING COURT ACTION AGAINST FALZ, NEITHER ARE WE DEMANDING AN APOLOGY FROM HIM OR HIS MANAGEMENT,” THE STATEMENT READ.

“THE LIKELY PECUNIARY GAIN IN THE EVENT OF A COURT VALIDATION OF OUR CLAIMS DOES NOT INTEREST US. WE ARE NO LONGER LOOKING AT FALZ BUT AT A LARGER PICTURE.

“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.”

MURIC, however, maintained that the video is “offensive and provocative” stating it portrays Fulanis (and Nigerian Muslims) as killers”>

The group added that the video “is capable of igniting crisis and precipitating a general breakdown of law and order”.

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