Gospel singer , Mike Abdul, has said that if popular dance step , zanku , can be considered as worldly , then gospel singers shouldn ’ t drive cars or use other products that were made in the world .
He said this against the backdrop of the backlash generated by another , gospel singer, Tope Alabi, who was videoed danced the ‘ zanku ’ style at her late father ’ s wake.
Abdul said , “It was at her father ’ s burial and she was emotional .
She needed to let off steam .
In Yorubaland, it is a good thing if one ’ s parent outlives one.
It is not good for a parent to know the grave of a child , so she was thankful for the fact that she was able to bury her father .
She also lost her mother some years ago .
Some people even said if she was chewing gum irresponsibly .
The question I have for such people is, what is the proper way of chewing gum ?
I checked the Instagram pages of the people who criticised her and I saw that they were not as holy as they claimed .
People were just hypocritical with their criticism.
I think people wanted to demonise her .
I was with her at Oshodi (Lagos State) when she danced that way and the video was recorded .
It was even a gospel song she was dancing to .
“Right now , I am actually confused because I don’ t know what constitutes ‘ worldly music ’ .
People shouldn ’ t be driving cars or wearing designer clothes such as Gucci because they are ‘ worldly ’ and were made by men .
Many of the things we use were made by people who don’ t believe in God .
I think anybody should dance ‘ zanku ’ , ‘ shaku shaku ’ or anything they want to dance .
Nobody can worship and praise God for you .
That you worship God in a solemn way doesn ’ t mean everyone should also do that. ”
Abdul also insisted that he wasn’ t being biased with his support for Alabi .
He said , “ I cannot be said to be biased because I was one of the first people that started singing gospel fuji back when fuji music was considered worldly music .
If I was the one that danced that way, people probably wouldn’ t have talked because I have been doing that for a long time .
I always take whatever is mainstream and give people the gospel alternative . ”
On the insinuation that individual members of Midnight Crew have not been able to do better than the group , the singer said , “ I think they are right because it was a great group and we made a lot of great things together .
However , it is also a matter of opinion and I wouldn’ t want to say much about that. People have the right to their views . ”
On if the group would come back together to make music , Abdul said , “ We really wish to (reunite ) but we are not growing younger and we all have different responsibilities .
One of us lives in the UK with her kids .
We cannot tell her to leave her family for Midnight Crew . ”
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