Literary icon and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has come to the defense of Nigerian musician Davido, stating that he does not owe Muslims an apology over a controversial music video shared on Twitter.
In the now-deleted video, Davido’s signee, Logos Olori, was seen praying and dancing in front of a mosque, leading to accusations of disrespect towards Islam. However, according to Soyinka, Davido does not need to apologize to Muslims for the video.
Soyinka pointed out that the former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai, had made derogatory comments against Christians in the past without facing demands for an apology. He emphasized that it was not Davido’s music that led to the tragic death of Deborah Yakubu, a Christian college student who was killed by a mob of Muslim students in Sokoto last year over alleged blasphemy.
Soyinka’s statement serves as a defense of Davido and highlights the selective nature of demanding apologies in the country’s public discourse. The literary icon reminds Nigerians of past incidents where derogatory remarks against Christianity were overlooked without repercussions.
The controversy surrounding Davido’s music video underscores the importance of fostering a tolerant and understanding society, where religious sensitivities are respected, and freedom of expression is balanced with responsibility.
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