Popular Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, has reacted to a comment by Babatunde Fashola, the Minister for Works and Housing, who blamed Nollywood for spreading cases of money rituals and kidnapping across the country.
The minister cautioned the movie industry while speaking at an event in Lagos over its overusing of the ritual-related themes.
The minister added that Nollywood is turning the mindset of Nigerians into believing that engaging in money ritual is the quickest way to make money and escape poverty.
Reacting to the minister’s comment while speaking with ‘The Sun’, Yul said Fashola’s was symptomatic of Nigerians leaders’ penchant for passing the buck to cover up for their inefficiencies.
He added that the United States Government has never blamed Hollywood for the cases of crimes happening in their country despite the heavy use of violence-related themes in their movies.
“America has been producing action movies with plenty of gun violence since I was born. Have you ever seen any American leader blaming entertainers for crime in their country?”
“That’s because it’s all about entertainment and it ends there.
“Our government should focus on providing jobs for the youths, spread the wealth, improve the economy and security and crime rate will reduce. It’s very simple.
“They should stop looking for who to blame and do the jobs they were voted in to do or resign for others to try. Next thing, you’ll see them thinking of how to ban Nollywood and render more people jobless.”