Nigeria’s Minister for Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, has alleged that the use of ritual themes in Nigerian movies may be responsible for rampant cases of money rituals and kidnapping across the country.
The minister made this disclosure while speaking at an annual symposium organised by the United Action for Change tagged: ‘Security of citizens as a social contract’ in Lagos.
Fashola, who spoke on “Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime,” said by constantly showing people can get rich in movies through money rituals, film makers are inadvertently fostering an unhealthy culture in the society.
The former Lagos State governor alleged further that, the rampant cases of kidnapping and arrest of people with different human parts by the police was indicative of the fact people are gradually buying the ideology that money ritual is an easy route to opulence.
“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,” the minister said.
“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.”
On allegations that were making rounds last year that some ritualists were stealing ladies’ underwears for ritual purposes, the minister dismissed such claims, saying there is no connection.
“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,” he said.