- Nigerian politician Babatunde Fashola has noted that the movie industry in Nigeria encourages money ritual and kidnapping
- Fashola asked Nollywood to change the story being told in movies about money rituals, advising the industry to start selling a new story
- The politician gave the advice while speaking on security at an event held on Thursday, February 6
Nigeria's minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stated that the Nollywood movie industry encourages money ritual and kidnapping. The minister explained that people actually believe that doing ritual gives them wealth.
Fashola, who was the governor of Lagos state from 2007 to 2015, shared his views on money ritual while talking as a guest speaker at the fourth annual public lecture put together by the United Action for Change.
The lecture, which was themed security of citizens as a social contract, was held on Thursday, February 6. Fashola addressed the issue of money rituals and kidnapping in Nigeria while speaking on security.
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The politician, who titled his speech Insecurity: Taking actions against organized crime, said there is nothing like it. He added that money ritual is a myth.
Fashola challenged producers and policymakers to change the way the story is being told and try to make people understand that money cannot be magically earned by killing or kidnapping others. He added that changing the narrative will save innocent people from being killed for nothing.
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The father of two also addressed the issue of men stealing women underwear to use for money rituals. He said the idea that stealing underwear would lead to money being generated is false.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Fashola revealed how an attempted bomb attack was foiled in Lagos state back in 2013. Fashola made this known at the same lecture.
The minister who was the then Lagos state governor gave an account of how 17 suitcases loaded with explosives were smuggled and intercepted before it wreaked havoc in the state. He went on to note that law enforcement agencies can’t handle the job of security alone.
Fashola explained that the threat was foiled with the help of information from a private citizen who discovered the suitcases.
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