The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has lived up to its threat of placing a blanket ban on the popular song, ‘This Is Nigeria’ by Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name Falz D Badh Guy.
The ban notice was made known in a letter sent to a letter sent to a radio station based in Jos, Plateau State, and signed by NBC Zonal Director, Igomu Onoja and dated August 6, 2018.
According to the NBC, the reason for banning the song was because it contained vulgar language and therefore, unfit for radio.
Also banned by the NBC were songs by Wande Coal (‘Iskaba’), Olamide’s (‘See Mary See Jesus’), released earlier in the year, which was banned for ‘casual use of the names ‘Mary‘ and ‘Jesus‘.
Part of the letter reads:
”On 30th July 2018, at about 9.56 am, your station aired a song by Falz titled ”This is Nigeria’ laced with vulgar lyrics, ”this is Nigeria, look how we living now, everybody be criminal.’
Also on August 1st, 2018, at about 3.50 pm, you aired a song by Wande Coal titled, ”Iskaba” with vulgar lyrics, ”Girl you de make me kolo, shaking the ass like kolo” in contravention of Section 3.6.1 and 126.96.36.199c.”
The NBC also fined the radio station the sum of N100,000 for what it sees as a breach of laid down rules.
The song ‘This Is Nigeria’ had drawn a lot of condemnation especially from the Muslim Right Concern (MURIC) which had requested Falz to take down video over some offensive scenes which they claimed ridicules their religion.
This sparked controversy online as some Muslims criticised MURIC for not giving an ultimatum to Boko Haram and murderous herdsmen.
Falz in his response had dared MURIC to take any action they deemed fit against him as he was ready to meet them in court to defend his use of ladies wearing hijab in the video.