Nigeria’s Minister for Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola has berated Nollywoods’s filmmakers on money ritual plot lines, and called on them to change the narrative to more positivity.
Speaking as guest speaker at the fourth annual public lecture/symposium organised by the United Action for Change recently, the former Lagos State Governor asked filmmakers in Nigeria to put an end to promoting diabolical money rituals and kidnappings as they sending wrong signals to movie consumers.
In a report by Punch, while talking spoke on the topic: ‘Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime,’ the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said that apart from the fact that such movie plots were false, they could mislead the populace into heinous acts.
He added that there is no connection between underwears and human body parts with money rituals as always portrayed by Nollywood filmmakers and advised them to eschew such narratives.
Fashola said Nollywood could be reinforcing kidnapping through the belief system that human skulls and other parts of human body could be used for money rituals.
“Some people believe that if you get a man’s head or a woman’s body parts, they could be turned into money. It’s not true! And when you ask people who believe in it if they have seen it happen before, they tell you someone said they had seen it.
“However, it has become a reinforced belief through entertainment, social media and Nollywood. How can human head bring money? Money is paper invented by man, not God. They put the paper in a machine to print what we call money and that is the only place money comes from.
“But the challenge is the belief system. Just think about how many people have been missing — through kidnapping — because some people believe that it exists. The police could tell us the number of people they have apprehended with human parts, such as skulls. This belief system must go.
“Therefore, all of us, including those who make the films, must reverse the story and start selling a new story that money is printed in a machine and not through any other way like money rituals.”
He said, “It is not true, or how does that happen? What is the connection between paper (money) and cotton (pants) or has anybody seen cotton money before? Those of us who have influence and authority must take positions to see to the reversal of this kind of beliefs.”