June 19, 2018

I want Muslims society to go court, says Falz’ activist father Femi Falana over controversial video

Falana and son, Falz

Human rights activist and renowned lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has dared the Muslims Rights Concern to sue his rapper son, Folarin Falana, aka Falz, to court if they are aggrieved by his trending video, “This is Nigeria.”

According to them, the video ridicules their religion because as some girls were seen in the footage wearing hijab and dancing shaku shaku.

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Speaking with Entertainment Plus, the renowned lawyer said since freedom of speech was constitutionally guaranteed in the country, nobody had the right to threaten another person.

Falana stated, “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.

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“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.” said the renowned lawyer. Also, reacting to the threat in an Instagram post, popular comedian cum singer, Helen Paul said “I am an actor that uses costumes to depict a character. Hijab is a head covering, it’s not a religion. Islam is a religion of peace and not of war. Peace, love. Can’t fight for God, just be happy, hate not.”

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Falana and son

MURIC has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Falz, ordering him to withdraw the video and apologise to Nigerians or face legal action. It also urged security agencies and the National Film And Video Censors Board, to clamp down on the video.

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