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Davido removes music video after Muslims slam him for insensitivity  

Davido removes music video after Muslims slam him for insensitivity  

Nigerian musician David Adeleke (Davido) has eventually deleted the music video of his signee, Logos Olori, after he was heavily criticised online.

Davido faced serious criticism on Saturday, as Muslims on social media lamented the posting a 45-second trailer clip of his upcoming musical video on Twitter.

The video, which many Muslim commentators described as offensive, showed a group of men dressed for, and ostensibly in, a Muslim prayer session suddenly turned to dancing and singing.

Muslims indicated that they do not take kindly to their religion (Islam) and its rites being reduced to entertainment through songs and dances.

They also called on him to delete the video and apologize.

An ex-aide of the former Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, in a tweet said: “There are many reasons why every Muslim finds this content absolutely disrespectful, hurtful and offensive @davido. I assume you all know that we Muslims don’t mix our religion with jokes in any way, especially Salah (prayer), which is sacred and the second of the five pillars of Islam.

“In Salah, Muslims remember our Lord, Allah, express our love and respect for Him and invoke and strive to express our gratitude towards Him. The notion is that the Salah activity brings the individual face-to-face with God. That is what we believe, and that is our faith. Please respect it. No Muslim will find it as an honor or acceptable.”

Also, a Nigeria movie star, Ali Nuhu, in a post via his verified Instagram account, advised the singer to respect other people’s ‘religion, culture and tradition.”

He wrote, “I just came across the controversial video by @davido, as much we want to be creative in our various fields, we should learn to respect other people’s religion, culture and tradition.

“This is totally unacceptable in Islam. You should pull down that video and apologise for hurting the entire Muslim ummah.”

Similarly, a former senator, Shehu Sani, advised the singer to delete the video.

In a tweet on Sunday, Sani wrote: “As an artist or entertainer, if your fans feel offended by a piece or portion of your work, especially as it concerns their culture, faith, or religious beliefs, it will be most honourable for you to delete or edit that portion, apologise to them, and move on. I’m here talking about Davido. This is my own opinion.”

Meanwhile, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) to invite Davido and Logos Olori over the controversial video, which many Muslims criticised for portraying Islam in bad light.

MURIC’s founder and Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said “We alert men of the Department of State Services to invite both men for questioning to explain why they chose to produce and promote a musical video capable of igniting anarchy in Nigeria.

“In the same vein, we invite the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and the National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to immediately ban the insensitive musical video captioned ‘Jaye Lo’ by Logos Olori.”

Davido finally bowed to pressure and deleted the video, even though he has not apologized.


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