In an interview with Channels TV, Jide Kosoko went head-on against the government and its supporters of accusations that Nollywood movies are the reason for increased cases of ritual killings and kidnappings in the country.
Mayorbase recalls that the Federal Government accused the movie industry of influencing a lot of youths who indulge in money rituals as a quick way of getting rich.
The Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, also announced that the FG has placed a ban on the production of money ritual movies, and told movie producers to desist from making such movies.
Reacting to the amendment, Jide Kosoko stated it was wrong for the government to make such accusations.
He further questioned if politicians who embezzle government money learned it from Nigerian movies.
“It’s a wrong accusation. A very wrong accusation. People should not forget that we have a responsibility to mirror the society and this not just by …we only try to mellow it with the entertainment.
It is our duty to let you know what happens at the other end for it to guide you, for you to be informed so that you can be able to know what and what to do.
We have heard of politicians embezzling money here and there. Are you saying that they learned embezzlement in our movies too? All those people displaying money here and there, at occasions, at various functions. Are we the ones that taught them that?
In every production, we would never glorify evil. Whichever movie that idiot that says he watched a movie that made him to be kidnapping, go and see that movie. What is the end of that person that kidnapped people? Why did he not learn from that and desist from going into the business of kidnapping rather than saying it is the movie. So it is not right. We have our own duty to mirror the society and give it as it is. One of the things we do, we get them from the public. We try as much as possible to play down on them before dishing it out.
I agree that the country is hot now and everybody should play down on whatever that can aggravate violence, not our industry alone.
Politicians should stop displaying money everywhere that entices this negative youth thinkers.”