Nigerian music singer, David Adeleke, also known as Davido withdrew the very contentious song video for his signee, Logos Olori after receiving a lot of negative internet feedback.
Many Muslims on social media criticized Davido on Saturday after he shared a 45-second teaser for his new music video on Twitter.
The video, which many Muslim observers deemed disrespectful, showed a group of guys acting as though they were participating in a Muslim prayer session but instead dancing and singing.
By fusing song and dance with Islamic rites and ceremonies, they said the artist was degrading the religion.
They also requested that he apologize and remove the video.
Bashir Ahmad and Ali Nuhu, two well-known Nigerian celebrities, spoke out strongly about this.
Ahmad, a former adviser to Muhammadu Buhari, wrote in a tweet that “every Muslim finds this content absolutely disrespectful, hurtful and offensive @davido” (#davido). You are all aware, I think, that Muslims do not in any way combine our faith with humor, especially when it comes to Salah (prayer), which is considered to be a sacred act and the second of Islam’s five pillars.
“During prayer, Muslims recall their Lord, Allah, show their devotion to Him, invoke Him, and make an effort to show their thankfulness to Him. The idea is that doing salah draws the person closer to God. it is our religion, and it is what we think. Do not disrespect it. No Muslim will see it as honorable or appropriate.
The Kanywood actor Nuhu urged the artist to respect other people’s “religion, culture, and tradition” in a message on his verified Instagram account.
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He said, “As much as we want to be innovative in our many industries, we should learn to respect other people’s faith, culture, and heritage. I just came upon the contentious video by @davido.
“In Islam, this is wholly unacceptable. You ought to remove the video and express regret for hurting the whole Muslim community.
Additionally, the musician was told to remove the video by former politician Shehu Sani.
Sani stated in a tweet on Sunday: “As an artist or performer, it will be most honorable for you to erase or alter that bit, apologize to them, and move on if your fans are offended by a piece or portion of your work, especially as it impacts their culture, faith, or religious beliefs. I’m here to discuss Davido. It’s my personal view.
The artist had remained largely silent on the issue and had not issued a formal apology, but two days after facing criticism, Davido eventually gave in to pressure and withdrew the offending video.
Daily Trust confirmed this on Monday morning by looking through Davido’s social media profiles.