Islamic human rights organization, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has called on Nigeria’s music governing bodies to ban ‘Kuku Do Ritual’, a song by Afrobeats singer Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable.
‘Kuku Do Ritual’ is Portable’s first single of 2023.
The controversial singer released his first album ‘Son of Ika’ in 2022, which includes the ‘hit’the apostle‘ From his 2022 album, he tackled controversial preacher Suleman Johnson Apostle.
‘Cuckoo Do Ritual’
In the 3:58 minute track, the wearable sings about different topics. However, the chorus of the music is perceived as a glorification of ritual killings, which is harmful in Nigerian society.
“I go to school, but I confess, Kuku kill me now because I am wise. Why you come to dey para. You go to school; you are not wise… Cuckoo do the ritual. If you perform the ritual, you die. If you don’t do the ritual, you die,” sings the controversial artist.
In response to the song, MURIC “called him National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and the Performing Musicians’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN), to take necessary action.
In a statement released on Monday, the director of MURIC, Ishaq Akintola, described the song as disgusting, disgusting and appalling.
“This is a bold attack on Nigerian and African values. Portable’s latest song has reduced human life to ordinary ants, without the cares and consequences that can be trampled under human feet.
“It’s an open invitation to crime. He makes a mockery of law and order. It is an open disrespect for human life,” Mr. Akintola said.
He went on to state that the song can negatively affect our youth while destroying the future of the youth.
He also mentioned several news stories of young people participating in the act of getting rich at a young age.
“Three teenagers were caught trying to kill a 13-year-old girl in Bayelsa state in January 2022 for money rituals.
“Four teenagers living in Abeokuta in Ogun state killed the girlfriend of one of them for a ritual money. There is a lot of ritual killing among young ‘Yahoo’ practitioners in the country,” he said.
He also called on all men and mothers in Nigeria, as well as Muslim and Christian leaders, to rise up against the madness and ritual killings known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ among the youth.
“’Kuku Do Ritual’ is a eulogy to glorify and exalt the names of ritual killers to the heavens.
“This album calls for immediate action by the traditional rulers of Nigeria. They are the guardians of our tradition. We, therefore, bring our cry of support to these royal fathers to talk about this sacrilegious song released by ‘Portable’”, added Akintola.
Since its rise to fame in December 2021, barely a week has gone by without Portable making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
In 2022, the singer was filmed ordering people to attack a young man. He also made a post on Instagram suggesting he was behind One Million Boys, a cult group that ravaged Ikorodu district in 2020.
In both cases, he invited her for police questioning.
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