An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern( MURIC), has condemned a song released by Nigerian songster Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as movable.
The song is entitled’ Kuku Do Ritual’.
According to MURIC, the song has the implicit to encourage ritual payoff and mislead Nigerian youths.
Ritual killings are common in Nigeria, particularly to get instant riches or power but the efficacity of similar senseless killings has yet to be proven.
MURIC’s statement was released on Monday, January 23, 2023, by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The statement reads,” Popular pop songster, Habeeb Okikiola, has released a new reader under the title’ Kuku Do Ritual’ in which part of the lyrics say,’ Kuku doritual.However, you go die, If you doritual.However, you go die, If you no do ritual. Kuku do ritual'( Do ritual; whether you do it or not, you’ll die. So, engage in ritual.)
” We find this song disgusting, despicable and obvious. It’s a brazen-faced assault on Nigerian and African values. Portable’s rearmost song has reduced mortal life to the position of ordinary ants that can be stamped out under mortal bases without compunctions and without consequences. It’s an open assignation to crime. It makes a mockery of law and order. It’s an open discourteousness for mortal life.
” This song has the capacity to impact our youthful bones
in a negative manner. It’s also able of destroying the future of the youth. commodity must be done urgently. formerly, there are several reports of youthful bones
engaging in opprobrious act for the purpose of getting rich in their tender periods.
” MURIC calls on all men of goodwill, all maters
in Nigeria, Muslim and Christian leaders to rise against the madness called Yahoo Yahoo and ritual killings among youthful bones
whose minister has just released this horrendous song in their praise.’ Kuku Do Ritual’ is nothing but a commendation to glorify and elevate the names of ritual killers to high heaven.
” This reader calls for immediate action from Nigeria’s traditional autocrats. They’re the custodians of our tradition. We, thus, take our cry for help to these royal fathers to speak up on this impious song released by’ movable’. They must put pressure on the authorities to stop the rotation and broadcast of this reader on any radio or TV station and through any medium whatsoever.
” We invite the National Broadcasting Commission( NBC), the National Film and Video Censors Board( NFVCB), the Nigerian Brand Commission( NCC) and the Performing Musicians’ Association of Nigeria( PMAN) to take necessary action with military dispatch.
” We see no reason why the security agencies shouldn’t probe the author of this most disturbing and illogical song to explain the number of rituals in which he has indulged. A scapegoat must be made of this album and its artist before the trend escalates.
” Nobody should hide behind cultural honor, lyrical licence or freedom of expression to launch similar barbaric descent on our culture, our morals and our values. This is beyond free speech. It’s felonious speech. It’s incitement to commit murder. It’s instigation to crime. It’s a brutish irruption on decency and good mores. It’s Bohemian.”