An Islamic group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the governing body in charge of music in Nigeria, which is the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to ban the newly released song “Kuku do ritual” of popular singer Okikiola Habeeb who is well known as Portable.
Kuku Do Ritual’ is a phase or appraisal to glorify and elevate the names of ritual killers to high heaven, which is Portable first single for this year 2023. One cannot forget for a moment the last album Portable created in 2022, featuring the song titled “Apostle” that caused great reaction directly to well know Apostle Suleman Johnson.
The Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said the new album would encourage youths and other Nigerians to embrace ritual. The group said it finds the song disgusting, detestable and egregious, saying it is a brazen assault on Nigerian and African values. Reacting to the song, MURIC “called on 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), to take necessary action.
According to Mr Akintola, he said “It is a brazen assault on Nigerian and African values. Portable’s latest song has reduced human life to ordinary ants that can be stamped out under human feet without qualms and consequences.“It is an open invitation to criminality. It makes a mockery of law and order. It is an open disrespect for human life,”
He further gave instances of some shocking incident that are happening around. For example, He cited examples of three teenagers caught attempting to kill a 13-year-old girl for a money ritual in Bayelsa State in January 2022 and four teenagers living in Abeokuta, Ogun State, who killed a girlfriend of one of them for a money ritual.
The Director of MURIC pleaded to various religious leaders to put pressure on the authorities to stop the spread and escalation of the album on any radio or television station and through any other medium.