- Nollywood actor, Ejike Asiegbu, has condemned the ongoing banditry and killings in Zamfara state
- The actor who led other Nollywood celebrities said the senseless killings in parts of north west Nigeria, precisely Zamfara state by political actors and their cohorts must stop
-Asiegbu alleged that politicians have carried on their political activities which have resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and the destruction of properties
Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Stars has called for for an end to the sponsorship of the senseless killings in parts of north west Nigeria, precisely Zamfara state by political actors and their cohorts.
The group lead by an actor and a former president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Ejike Asigbeu in Lagos on Wednesday, May 8, said they were alarmed about the senseless and perceived politically-motivated killings in parts of north west Nigeria.
Speaking during the rally, Asiegbu called on the gold miners and the sponsors of these dastardly acts to sheathe their swords and embrace peace in the interest of humanity.
Asiegbu said if Zamfara politicians failed to stop the senseless killings in their interest Nollywood stars were ready to take this campaign beyond the shores of Nigeria, down to the United Nations.
He said Nollywood has watched "the horror movie" in Zamfara state and concluded that politicians had thrown the sanctity of human lives to the dogs.
He said the politicians have carried with their political activities which have resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and the destruction of properties.
Asiegbu said: "The sanctity of human life must be respected by these politicians that have brought hell to families in Zamfara state."
"The worrisome aspect of the whole issue is the fact that these politicians have been dramatizing in public and on the pages of newspapers condemning the killings when in truth, the entire world knows they are the ones behind the senseless killing of innocent women and children because of their vested interest," Asiegbu said.
He added that the protest became necessary due to the fact that the security of lives and properties is not the job for only the military or the police.
According to him, all hands to be on deck with critical stakeholders such as the Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Stars coming out to raise awareness to the plight of the people of north west Nigeria.
"There is no doubt that our security agencies have been up and doing in the task of protecting lives and properties in Zamfara state and its environs. However, they still need our support in ensuring that peace returns to Zamfara state and its surroundings.
"We consequently call on the gold miners and the sponsors of these dastardly acts to sheathe their swords and embrace peace in the interest of humanity.
"We shall also spare no initiative to ensure that in the world over, nobody buys their blood-soaked gold which has become the basis for the senseless killings in Zamfara state and other parts of north west Nigeria," the actor said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Coalition of Northern Nigerian Youths Associations, under the umbrella of Arewa Youths Federation, on Monday, May 6, held a peaceful protest over alleged incessant killings by bandits in Zamfara.
The peaceful rally was held in Gusau the capital of the state. Adamu Matazu, the president Arewa youths federation, said the protest was to highlight the level of insecurity in the state and the entire northwestern zone, so as to elicit positive action to contain it.
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