Veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, has fault claims made by some Nigerians that youths learned vices such as kidnapping and money rituals from Nollywood movies.
This comes after the Federal Government stated that Nollywood has influenced a lot of youths into delving into money rituals as a means of getting rich.
Following the alarming rate of kidnappings and ritual killings recorded across the country, there have been claims that Nollywood movies have in one way or the other influenced Nigerian youths into thinking ritual killings are an alternative source of making money.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that filmmakers in the country have been asked to avoid making money ritual content. He stated that the Federal Government’s decision to sensitize social media is based on confessions of some money ritual suspects.
The spokesperson of the Ogun state police command DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi also stated that some of the suspects arrested said they learned the act via Nollywood movies.
Responding to these claims, Kosoko in an interview with Channels TV, said;
”It’s a wrong accusation. A very wrong accusation. People should not forget that we have a responsibility to mirror society and this is not just by, we only try to mellow it with 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 display money here and there, on 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 med 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 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 can aggravate violence, not our industry alone.
Politicians should stop displaying money everywhere that entices these negative youth thinkers.”