Nigeria’s Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that Nollywood movies are promoting money rituals and encouraging kidnappings.
The fomer Lagos state governor said this while delivery a speech at the fourth annual public lecture / symposium organised by the United Action for Change, themed, ‘Security of citizens as a social contract ’.
Speaking on the lecture titled ‘Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime,’ Fashola said, “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.
“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 the rumors that female pants are used for money rituals by fraudster, the minister said: “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.”