Professor Wole Soyinka comments on the recent dispute between Davido and the Muslim community.
Davido should not apologize to Muslims, he insisted.
He emphasized that Deborah Yakubu’s death at the hands of a group of Muslim students was unrelated to Davido.
In the face of fierce criticism from Muslims, Professor Wole Soyinka has defended award-winning celebrity musician Davido.
The famous author contributed his voice to the viral video of several incensed teenagers protesting against a music video that Davido endorsed because they felt it was disrespectful to their religion on the streets of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
Soyinka provided justifications for why Davido shouldn’t apologise to them in a statement made public on Tuesday.
He brought up the fact that Nasir El Rufai, a former governor of Kaduna State, had in the past made derogatory remarks towards Christians but had never been asked to apologize.
“There was nothing to apologize about, and that applied equally to El Rufai’s comments at the time. It should come as no surprise that I equally absolutely disagree with Shehu Sani, if indeed, as reported, he has demanded an apology from Davido ok behalf of the Muslim community” he noted.
The well-known author also made references to scenes from Whoopi Goldberg’s SISTER ACT and emphasized that Deborah Yakubu, a second-year Christian college student who was killed in Sokoto, Nigeria, last year by a mob of Muslim students over blasphemy accusations, wasn’t killed as a result of Davido’s music.
Soyinka believes that Nigerians should learn to distinguish between practitioners and the objects of their devotion.
Remember how Davido was criticized for his new signing, Logos, and accused of offending Muslims?
Popular Afrobeats performer Davido has faced harsh internet criticism for an act that Muslims claim displays great disdain for Muslims and Islam.
When the artist shared the music video “Jaye lo” by his signee, Logos Olori, on Twitter, it created anger.