BEVERLY HILLS, September 12, (THEWILL) – An Islamic sect, Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has condemned the upcoming Nollywood movie, ‘Fatal Arrogance’ saying that the movie is portraying them in bad light.
According to the Islamic group, the movie which featured veteran actor, Pete Edochie and Destiny Etiko and directed by Anosike Kingsley Orji, depicts them in a bad light.
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 which led to the killing of over 1,000 Shiite members.
THEWILL recalls that the Shiites leader, Sheik El-Zakzaky and his wife are still in detention since this incident and the Kaduna State has been banned. This has led to protest by the members who are calling for the release of the sect leader and his wife.
The group, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the National Film and Video Censors Board saying that the storyline of the movie coincides with the title of a book titled, “Fatal Arrogance” written by Kuanum Terrence saying both convey the same plot.
In a statement issued to the press, Ibrahim Musa, the president, disclosed that the movie could cause disunity in the country and was being sponsored by the Nigerian Army.
The statement read: “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.
“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.”