You Owe No Apology to Muslims – Soyinka Defends Davido Against Massive Backlash


Prof. Wole Soyinka, a literary large, has said that Davido doesn’t owe Muslims an apology for a controversial music video by his signee, Logos Olori, which he uploaded on Twitter.

Keep in mind that after being accused of disrespecting Islam by posting a video of individuals praying and dancing in entrance of a mosque, Davido caved to criticism and deleted the music video pattern.

Regardless of the singer’s deletion of the video, some Muslims are nonetheless in search of an apology from him.

Rising to help Davido within the aftermath of the most recent occasion, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka accused former Kaduna State Governor Nasir El Rufai of creating insulting remarks about Christians up to now however was by no means made to apologize.

He additionally famous that it wasn’t Davido’s music that lynched Deborah Yakubu, a second-year Christian faculty scholar who was killed by a mob of Muslim college students in Sokoto final yr over alleged blasphemy.

Soyinka mentioned in a press release;

“The next shouldn’t be wanted, however we seem to inhabit a nation house the place reminiscence deficiency has develop into an accreditation badge of competence in nationwide affairs. I recall my intervention, a number of years in the past, in an try to pillory former Governor of Kaduna State, El Rufai over some remark he had made that was thought-about derogatory to followers of Christianity.

“I neglect the reference now however I do distinctly recall one other of a financial institution supervisor who, at Easter tide, referred to the risen Christ as a metaphor for the risen dough within the bakeries of Oshodi. One thing alongside these traces. Beneath apparent stress, he apologized, and I rebuked him for the gesture.

“There was nothing to apologize about, and that utilized equally to El Rufai’s feedback on the time. It ought to come as no shock that I equally completely disagree with Shehu Sani if certainly, as reported, he has demanded an apology from Davido on behalf of the Moslem neighborhood.

“No apology is required, None ought to be provided. Allow us to cease battening down our heads within the mush of contrived contrition – we all know the place contrition, apology and restitution stay clamorous in the reason for closure and above all – justice. Such apologies haven’t been forthcoming. Of their place, we’ve got the ascendancy of petulant censorship within the dance and music division. Simply the place will it finish?

“It goes past mere elation or euphoria and includes give up of the ego to the paranormal and stylish – by means of dance. The secularization of that medium stretches throughout religions, and gives the artistes’ a method of invoking a way of non secular neighborhood, by means of a standard act of self-surrender.

“As already admitted, I’ve not seen the clip, however I insist on the fitting of the artiste to deploy dance in a non secular setting as a basic given. Such deployment is common heritage, most particularly relevant within the case of Islam the place a plot of land, even with out the bodily construction, might be turned, within the short while, right into a sacral house for believers to collect and worship in between mundane pursuits.

“Allow us to be taught to learn it that means. Those that persist in taking offence to mattress and serving it up as breakfast ought to train their proper of boycotting Davido’s merchandise – nobody quarrels with that proper. Nevertheless, it isn’t a trigger for adverse and incitive excitation.

“The higher duty is to face squarely the basis points of faith within the nation. That root situation is starkly said thus: the sectarian appropriation of the facility of life and loss of life throughout a neighborhood of believers, different believers, and even non-believers alike, be it for actual, imagined, or intentionally contrived offence.

“It was not Davido’s music that lynched Deborah Yakubu, and continues to frustrate the reason for justice. Nor has it contributed to the arbitrary detention of spiritual dissenters – name them atheists or no matter – akin to Mubarak Bala, now languishing in jail for his thirty eighth month. These are the provocations the place each citizen ought to train the capability for revulsion.

“They’re the problems deserving of, certainly train main declare on a nation’s capability for righteous indignation. All else is secondary. Distractive piffle.”  

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