“No Apology Is Required Because Dancing In A Religious Setting Is Not A Cr!me” – Soyinka Tells Davido

In another news reaching Ranthq, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has reacted to the trending news of singer Davido where Muslims are asking him to apologize.

Soyinka says Davido is not going to apologize to anyone, adding that it is not a crime to dance in a religious environment.

Recall few days ago, Davido shared a video of his Signee Logosolori, but it didn’t go down well with the Muslim community and Davido had to delete the video.

After deleting the video, the Muslim community are still asking the singer to publicly apologize to the Muslim community.

Soyinka, while reacting to the trending news, he said;

“It should come as no surprise that I equally and absolutely disagree with Shehu Sani if indeed, as reported, he has demanded an apology from Davido on behalf of the Muslim community.

“No apology is required, None should be offered. Let us stop battening down our heads in the mush of contrived contrition – we know where contrition, apology, and restitution remain clamorous in the cause of closure and above all – justice.”

He said, “I have not seen the clip, but I insist on the right of the artiste to deploy dance in a religious setting as a fundamental given. Such deployment is universal heritage, most especially applicable in the case of Islam where a plot of land, even without the physical structure, can be turned, in the twinkling of an eye, into a sacral space for believers to gather and worship in between mundane pursuits.

He continued, “Dancing in front of a mosque cannot therefore, on its own, be read as an act of provocation or offence but as an affirmation of the unified sensibility of the spiritual in human. Let us learn to read it that way. Those who persist in taking offence to bed and serving it up as breakfast should exercise their right of boycotting Davido’s products – no one quarrels with that right. However, it is not a cause for negative and incitive excitation.”

“It was not Davido’s music that lynched Deborah Yakubu and continues to frustrate the cause of justice. Nor has it contributed to the arbitrary detention of religious dissenters – call them atheists or whatever – such as Mubarak Bala, now languishing in prison for his 38th month. These are the provocations where every citizen should exercise the capacity for revulsion.”

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