- Muslim faithful had criticised the video
- Davido yet to tender apology
Nigerian Afrobeat star, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has deleted a controversial music video following criticism from the Muslim faithful.
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that the Davido Music Worldwide label boss and his signee, Olamilekan Taiwo, aka Logos Olori, caused a stir online, sparking mixed reactions from netizens following the release of the latter’s new record, ‘Jaye Lo.’
A 45-second clip of the new video posted Friday on Instagram by Davido received heavy backlashes.
Many Muslim devotees have labelled the video offensive and are now calling for a retraction while also demanding for apology.
The controversial scene featured some men depicting praying mallams seen dancing in front of a mosque instead of praying. This dancing act has since been deemed offensive by some Muslim devotees.
On why the video is deemed offensive, Ahmad Ganga, a Personal Assistant in the Federal House of Representatives, stated that Davido and his signee in the scene portrayed Muslims as morons, arguing that the mosque is a praying ground, not a dance club.
But checks by WITHIN NIGERIA on Davido’s social media accounts on Monday showed that the video had been deleted from his handles.
However, the singer is yet to apologise to Muslims as of the time of filing this report.
On noticing the retraction, the former President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Bashir Ahmad, commended the singer for removing the video.
He wrote on Twitter, “It is good to discover that Davido deleted that offensive and hurtful video. Hopefully, the entire scene will also be deleted from the actual footage before releasing it to the market, and we humbly urge that the same grave mistake should never happen again from him or anyone else.
“Nigeria is a beautiful country. It is always amazing when we celebrate the beauty of living in unity and harmony while embracing our differences.”