David Adeleke, also known as Davido, a Nigerian Afrobeat singer, has withdrawn a contentious music video in response to complaints from Muslims.
According to report, the Davido Music Worldwide label head and his signee, Olamilekan Taiwo, aka Logos Olori, made a commotion online, eliciting conflicting comments from netizens following the release of the latter’s new single, ‘Jaye Lo.’
Davido’s 45-second Instagram snippet of the new video has since had tongues churning. Many Muslim devotees have called the film disrespectful and are demanding a retraction, as well as threatening the artists with legal action.
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.
Reacting to the development, former President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Bashir Ahmad, hailed 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.”
Also, another Twitter user, with the username @PoojaMedia, commended Davido and his team for handling the issue in a mature manner.
“You have to give it to Davido’s PR team & how they redirected energy to a positive one. Gifted the lady 10K, deleted the video & posted the video of the gift with the prayers down to Davido’s capture & build new energy. In 24hrs, so much to learn if you are in the PR hustle ”
@lollypeezle wrote, “I understand why they were putting all the blames for Davido video on Peter Obi. It is justifiable. The father that born Davido ehn is the father of the mother that is the half brother to the son of the first father-in-law to the last daughter of the Obi family. Can you too see?”