Yul Edochie has faulted claims in some quarters that Nollywood is responsible for the rise in cases of ritual killings in the country.
In recent times, there have been concerns among stakeholders over increasing incidents of ritual killings among youths in the country.
Several people have blamed Nollywood for the act, citing its penchant for using scenes involving money rituals.
On Wednesday, the house of representatives had asked Adedayo Thomas, executive director, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) “to rise to the mandate of the agency as the clearinghouse for all movies produced in the country”.
But in an Instagram post on Friday, Yul said government should stop blaming the movie industry and concentrate on fixing the country.
The actor said crime cannot go away in the country when people are grappling with extreme poverty.
He also wondered why people would blame Nollywood for ritual killings, which according to him, has been existing for years.
“From when I was a kid in the eighties, I started hearing about ritual killing in Nigeria. Then there was no Nollywood. Hunger and poverty make people to do crime. No be Nollywood cause am,” he said.
“Nollywood is only showing what happens in society. Nigerians are wallowing in extreme poverty. A hungry man is an angry man, fix the country and crime will go away. Don blame Nollywood.”
He added that the government should always strive to address the root cause of issues before taking action.
“Frustrated people use sniper to commit suicide. The remedy is to fix the reason for the frustration, not to ban sniper,” he added.
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