Prof. Wole Soyinka, a literary great, has urged musician Davido not to apologize for the contentious video he shared on his social media platforms.Davido received harsh criticism after releasing a portion of the music video for his signee, Logos Olori’s new single ‘Jaye Lo’ on Twitter, which showed people worshiping and dancing in front of a mosque.
The artist eventually caved down and erased the video, but she refused to apologize.
Despite the removal of the video, some Muslims are still calling for Davido to provide a public apology.
A group of Muslim youths recently took to the streets of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to demonstrate their displeasure with Davido; setting a large banner of the singer on fire.
However, in a statement released on Tuesday, Soyinka maintained that Davido doesn’t owe Muslims an apology.
The Nobel laureate said former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai had made derogatory comments against Christians in the past but was never asked to apologise.
He said, “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 on behalf of the Moslem community.”
Soyinka added that it wasn’t Davido’s music that lynched Deborah Yakubu, a second-year Christian college student who was killed by a mob of Muslim students in Sokoto last year over alleged blasphemy.