Nigerian Afrobeat sensation, David Adeleke, known as Davido, has removed a controversial music video after facing criticism from the Muslim community.
The release of the new record ‘Jaye Lo’ by Davido’s signee, Olamilekan Taiwo, aka Logos Olori, caused a stir online, sparking mixed reactions from netizens. A 45-second clip of the video posted on Instagram drew objections from many Muslim devotees who found it offensive and threatened the artists with legal action.
The contentious scene depicted men dressed as praying mallams dancing in front of a mosque instead of praying, which was perceived as offensive by some Muslim devotees. However, the video has been removed from Davido’s social media accounts.
Former President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Bashir Ahmad, praised Davido for taking down the offensive video. He expressed hope that the scene would be entirely removed from the actual footage before release and urged against any future repetitions of such mistakes.
Another Twitter user commended Davido and his team for handling the issue maturely and redirecting the energy in a positive direction. The user appreciated the PR team’s swift actions, including gifting the lady in the video, deleting the controversial scene, and sharing a video of the gift gesture with prayers.
In light of the controversy surrounding the video, some individuals jokingly attributed the blame for the video to various personalities, adding a humorous touch to the situation.