Ritual Murders: Blaming Parents, Not Nollywood

There has been growing concern about the involvement of young Nigerians in ritual killings. Most of the reactions stemmed from the recent murder of a girl identified as Rofiat by her teenage boyfriend and three others in the Oke Aregba area of ​​Abeokuta in Ogun state on January 30. Concerned about the ugly trend, on February 9, the House of Representatives resolved to declare a national emergency over ritual killings in Nigeria. The Chamber noted that while citizens of other countries embrace science and technology, young Nigerians resort to ritual murder. Also on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, led the National Board of Film and Video Censorship (NFVCB) to censor Nollywood movies to avoid the ritual content of money. Rather than blame Nollywood or social media for the development, NFVCB chief Thomas Adebayo told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday that Nigerian parents are responsible for the rise in ritual killings in the country. Blame the parents, not Nollywood Mr. Adebayo stated that taking responsibility for censoring and classifying films and videos released to the public is primarily the NFVCB’s job, while parents and guardians are the primary custodians of what their children watch. He said, “Movies are the reflection of the image of society, and as a reflection of society, they represent what happens in society and how society responds to evils that are educational to a particular level of people. “Such movies are rated 18+. It is rated 18 because younger people may not be able to conceive of the full idea reflected in the film as much as an adult. Some films have educational purposes, they serve to deter crimes and social vices”. In addition, the head of the NFVCB stated that Nollywood should not be blamed alone for the issue of the projection of ritual murders, “it is a total fault of all of us”, he said. “Most have handed over their parenting duties to the government, the government will not begin to train your child or control their behavior. It is a basic and fundamental problem. When the foundation is wrong, there’s bound to be a very terrible side effect.” Censorship Adebayo also said that the Board of Censors would not glorify or approve any film that celebrates ritual murder and other illicit acts and behavior in society. “Parents and guardians should monitor the type of movies their children watch. We as a board will not glorify or endorse a film that celebrates the rituals and evils of society. “We must equally consider the vital and unavoidable roles of parents in censoring what their children see on YouTube and other online channels as well, which is far beyond our control. Most of the movies and video content on YouTube and social media is unrated and uncensored.” He also complained that some of these films are outside the NFVCB’s jurisdiction, making censorship of some content unrealistic. “For example, if Ghana releases a film celebrating illicit behavior and ritual killings that is not censored or classified by us, the parents should leak it,” he said. The disapproved movie trend Adebayo also said that the NFVCB rejects several films on a daily basis for various reasons. He said that they disapprove of films that threaten various religious ideologies in Nigeria. He said, “We have rejected several movies that have religious leanings, some movies are like total blackmail. Some are against certain beliefs, like Catholics, the content of other films projects Islam as a terrorist group. Mr. Adebayo also noted that, as a measure to facilitate censorship, the NFVCB always consulted the relevant authorities to verify the facts. He reported that on several occasions the Minister of Information and Culture had headed various tables to regulate and classify various video content. He also noted that in an attempt to censor some movies, the NFVCB also works with some professional bodies in the entertainment industry. He added that the board would not approve anyone who is not a member of a professional body, such as the AGN, DGN and other relevant bodies. advertisements Stakeholder Impact While highlighting the need for stakeholders other than the NFVCB and Nollywood to participate in censorship, he said that religious leaders, school authorities and other relevant authorities must teach young Nigerians values. He called on clerics to emphasize the evils of ritual and other social vices. Mr. Adebayo also implored schools to intensify programs in their curriculum that promote national values. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Ritual Murders: Blaming Parents, Not Nollywood