By Dilibe Michael (Umunna TV)
The Federal Government of Nigeria has banned money ritual scenes and storylines In Nollywood films.
Announcing this during a media tour to the Daily Trust office in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, urged filmmakers to avoid money ritual content in their films.
The Minister stated that the admission by certain money ritual suspects that they learned the horrible conduct on social media has strengthened the Federal Government’s resolve to clean up the internet.
“Many have also accused Nollywood for including money rituals in some of its films, claiming that this has badly influenced vulnerable youth,” he stated.
To address this, I have asked the National Film and Video Censors Board, which is responsible for regulating the Nigerian film and video sector, to take this issue into account while censoring and classifying films and videos.
“I’ve also asked the NFVCB to interact with film industry stakeholders to voice the government’s and Nigerians’ concerns about the need to avoid money ritual elements in their films.”
“For those who may still be in doubt, ritual killings have gained a disturbing dimension in recent years,” Mohammed stated earlier. Four young males, one of them is 18 years old, murdered their 20-year-old female companion for money rites recently in Ogun State.
“One of them claimed that social media taught them about utilizing human parts for money rituals. Of course, you’re also aware of the instance of a female University of Jos student who was supposedly killed for ritual purposes by her boyfriend. The media has covered these assassinations extensively.
The fact that some of these ritualists claimed to have learned money-making tactics from social media platforms has given our drive to cleanse social media of unwholesome content another boost.”
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