January 23, 2023
Habeeb Okikiola, often known as “Portable,” is a pop artist who recently published the album “Kuku Do Ritual.” In the meantime, the album has been denounced by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organization, for having the ability to promote ritual murders and deceive young Nigerians.
On Monday, January 23, 2023, MURIC’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, issued a statement.
“Popular pop artist Habeeb Okikiola has launched a new album with the title “Kuku Do Ritual,” which includes the lines “Kuku do ritual,” according to the statement. You’ll die if you perform rituals. Without ritual, you will perish. Kuku perform rituals.
“We think this music is repulsive, abhorrent, and awful. It is a flagrant attack on African and Nigerian values. In the latest song from Portable, human existence is compared to common ants, which can be exterminated beneath human feet without any repercussions. It is a crime-inviting environment. Law and order are mocked by it. There is a blatant disregard for human life.
This song has the potential to negatively affect our children. It has the power to ruin young people’s prospects for the future. There is an urgent need to take action. Numerous instances of young people engaging in the despicable crime to get wealthy at a young age have already been reported.
Three teenagers were apprehended in Bayelsa State in January 2022 while attempting to kill a 13-year-old girl as part of a ritual killing for money (https://saharareporters.com/2022/01/04/three-teenagers-arrested-bayelsa-during-attempted-killing-13-year-old-girl).
(https://pmnewsnigeria.com/2022/01/29/4-Ogun-Adolescents-Slaughter-Girl-Burn-Her-Head-for-Money-Ritual/) Four teenagers from Abeokuta, Ogun State, slaughtered the girlfriend of one of them for a ritual involving money. In reality, the country is full of young Yahoo users who engage in ritual killings (https://punchng.com/of-ritualist-yahoo-teenagers-and-a-sick-country/).
“MURIC calls on all men of goodwill, all Nigerian moms, Muslim and Christian leaders to rise out against the madness known as Yahoo Yahoo and the ritual slaughter of children, whose ambassador has just published this horrifying song in their adoration. “Kuku Do Ritual” is nothing more than a eulogy meant to exalt and celebrate the names of those who have committed ritual murder.
The traditional leaders of Nigeria are urged to take prompt action by this album. They are the protectors of our customs. Therefore, we address these royal fathers with our appeal for assistance so they can speak out against this sacrilegious song performed by “Portable.” They need to exert pressure on the government to prevent this album from being played on any radio or television station or through any other form of media, as well as from being distributed.
“We request that required military despatch be made by the 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).
“We don’t see any reason why the security authorities shouldn’t look into the writer of this most stupid and absurd song to find out how many rituals he has participated in. Before the pattern worsens, this album’s artist must be made the scapegoat.
“Nobody should begin such a brutal assault on our culture, our standards, and our values while hiding under creative privilege, poetic license, or freedom of expression. Beyond the bounds of free expression. It is unlawful to say that. It is a murderous enticement. It encourages criminal activity. It is a bestial invasion of morality and decorum. It’s bohemian.
Muslim Rights Concern’s Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola (MURIC)