A recent Nollywood movie, titled ‘Fatal Arrogance’ starring Pete Edochie, Destiny Etiko, and other actors has attracted the anger of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
The Islamic sect said that, the movie produced and directed by Anosike Kingsley Orji portrayed their movement as a terrorist organisation aimed on eradicating the Nigerian State.
The movie plot revolves around the incident between the Shiite Sect and the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai in Kaduna. The incident led to the killing of over 1,000 members of the sect including children of its leader Sheik El-Zakzaky.
However El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in prison since the incident and the Kaduna State government authorized the group. This has been the basis for the deadly protests by members of the sect in Abuja and Kaduna, calling for the release of their leader and his wife.
The recently played Nollywood movie portrayed men of the Nigerian Army who carried out the massacre of the Shiite members, sparking outrage from members of the group who petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the National Film and Video Censors Board.
The Islamic group also reported that the movie’s storyline is not a coincidence as its title was gotten from a book “Fatal Arrogance” written by Kuanum Terrence and both convey same plot.
In a statement released on Thursday, 10th September, the President of the Media forum for the Shiite group, Ibrahim Musa reported that the movie is capable of causing division and disunity in the country, the group further accused the Nigerian Army of sponsoring the movie.
Read what the group said below;
“The Islamic Movement in Nigeria wishes to call upon the respected professionals of Nollywood to address this issue immediately.
“If film producers are not careful, some disgruntled elements in governance will make them side with the oppressors against the oppressed as the film “Fatal Arrogance” is meant to achieve. Genocide is involved here; any move to justify the brutal and inhuman Zaria genocide of December 2015 is an affront on the Rome Status of the International Criminal Court.
“Evidently, for every Nigerian, these clips are meant to disparage the peaceful movement and portray it to the world as a violent armed movement.
Also, the movie on the pipeline has the same title as Kuanum Terrence’s book that died on its arrival, where he blamed the victims of terror for being their own nemesis. He had launched what he called a book titled ‘Fatal Arrogance: How El-Zakzaky Hypnotised IMN Members into Killing Themselves while Protecting Him’. As ridiculous as the name may sound, the content is not far from that too.
The IMN stated that the movie was capable of creating conflicts and discord in an already divided country.
“We want the world, Nigerians in particular, to bear witness that this film, ‘Fatal Arrogance’, can be used in creating conflicts among our diverse communities. It is a propaganda machine that can deceive millions, and it’s also an easy way to use for character assassination.”
“It can be used to distort the truth, free criminals and blame the victims as well as making the bad guys the good guys. We, therefore, call on well-meaning Nigerians to put pressure on the producers of that abominable film to stop it.”
News source – Oriental Times