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Shun money ritual contents: FG tells filmmakers

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FILMMAKERS have been directed by federal government to shun money ritual contents in their movies.

  Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known during a media visit to Daily Trust office in Abuja.

  Mohammed, revealed that the confession of some money ritual suspects that they learnt the abominable act on social media have boosted the resolve of the federal government to sanitise the social media.

  The minister said, “Many have also blamed Nollywood for featuring money rituals in some of its movies, saying this has negatively influenced the vulnerable youth. To mitigate this, I have directed the National Film and Video Censors Board, the body set up to regulate the film and video industry in Nigeria, to take this issue into consideration while performing its role of censoring and classifying films and videos.

  “I have also directed NFVCB to engage with stakeholders in the film industry in order to express the concerns of the government and Nigerians on the need to eschew money ritual content in their movies.”

  Earlier, Mohammed said, “for those who may still be in doubt, ritual killings have assumed a worrisome dimension in recent years…Recently, in Ogun State, four young men, one of whom is 18 years old, murdered their 20-year-old female friend for money rituals.

  “One of them said they learnt about using human parts for money rituals from social media. Of course, you are also aware of a case involving a female student of the University of Jos who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend for ritual purposes. These killings have been widely reported by the media.

  “The fact that some of these ritualists said they learnt the money-making tricks from some social media platforms has given a further fillip to our campaign to rid social media of unwholesome content.”

  The minister said the government won’t allow the social media space to be suffused with dangerous content, adding that the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), won’t relent in its efforts to ensure responsible use of social media.

  He also beckoned on religious, traditional and political leaders to join hands and to reorientate youths to realise that success comes through hard work, not money rituals.

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