In recent time, the National Broadcasting Commission has banned Falz ‘s song, “This Is Nigeria”, alleging that a line in it, “This is Nigeria, look how we living now, everybody be criminal” contains vulgar words and unfit for the Radio . Alongside the ban was also a N100,000 fine of a Radio station in Jos (JayFm 101.9 FM) for airing the song.
The Multiple Award-winning Music Artiste, Folarin Falana, who is better known as ‘Falz’ has threatened to sue the NBC over the ban of his hit song, “This Is Nigeria”.
He said it was quite ridiculous of the Commission to ban the song, arguing that it was not a vulgar song but a piece aimed at awakening the social consciousness of the people over the current issues in the country.
“The only thing is that I was very blunt about the way I talk about things. I do not know maybe some messages in the song hit them and that is the real reason they banned the song. The line was, ‘This is Nigeria, look how we living now. Everybody be criminal.’ If they ban this song, then I do not understand them because that song is definitely not a vulgar song”
He added that the song could have hit the nerves of certain people, hence he suspects there was a conspiracy to ensure the song never enjoyed the airwaves,
“I do not know if the fact that some group wanted me to retract the song is linked with this new development but I know that there were a lot of messages in the song and it is hitting a lot of people in the wrong places and that is what is making them react in that manner”
He concluded that his Lawyers will be investigating the reason behind the ban with a view to seeking redress in court if such need arises,
“However, there was absolutely no basis for the NBC to ban that song. I am going to have to write to them through my lawyers to find out what is really going on. When I find out the reason behind the ban, I could ask them to lift it if need be and if they do not adhere to my request, I might have to seek legal redress” he said.