Nigeria's Coucil of Arts and Culture says it wants to "scapegoat" the artist in order to "teach others a serious lesson."
The singer was brought in for questioning last Wednesday, after Lagos police claimed he breached public decency laws after a video of him in a truck with semi-nude women went viral after someone spotted the scene in Lagos traffic. He was taken in for questioning over allegations that he was doing promotion for a strip club.
The artist apologized for the incident, releasing a statement explaining that the setup was for an upcoming music video he was shooting, and that he and his friends were simply "having fun" as they moved between locations for the shoot.
Still from 'Agege' music video.
The singer released the video for "Agege" last Friday, following his arrest. The video shows scenes of the artist in a truck surrounded by four women dancing on a pole, as the artist claimed.
This was not enough for Nigerian authorities, however. On Sunday, Nigeria's Council of Arts and Culture, expressed "disappointment" in Tekno's decision to release the music video in the midst of the allegations against him, and vowed to make him a "scapegoat" in order "to teach others a serious lesson."
"We warn that nudity is not part of our culture and should not be tolerated," said the head of the council Segun Runsewe in a statement, according to BBC Africa. He added: "henceforth fish out clubs for nude dancers across the country for their promoters to face prosecution."
Tekno is currently under investigation. The artist has continued to promote the video despite the incident, and is yet to comment on the recent allegations being brought against him.
Several Nigerians online are calling out the government (using mostly sarcasm) for blaming a music video for what is a much larger systemic issue of rampant insecurity in the country.
I agree with the FG. Tekno's video is the reason $1 = N360, the reason for national insecurity, the reason for poor… https://t.co/IrXsKtSnLu— Gideon Ogbonna (@Gideon Ogbonna) 1565601649.0
So our government always love to be unfortunate,you didn't see herdsmen killing ,soldiers that shot police u didn't… https://t.co/DEs27MbNcJ— I Smile Like JACKIE CHAN 😄#BbNaija (@I Smile Like JACKIE CHAN 😄#BbNaija) 1565603333.0