The Islamic Motion in Nigeria, IMN, also called Shiites, have attacked veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, over his position in a brand new film, ‘Deadly Vanity.’
In a press release signed by its Spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, and made obtainable to DAILY POST on Tuesday, the IMN mentioned it discovered Edochie’s rationalization of his cause for taking part within the film “flawed and his excuses unimpressive, irrational, and at finest absurd.”
The veteran actor had in a-12-minute video clip on his Fb web page, defined his position within the film which the IMN believes was sponsored by the Nigerian military.
“Firstly, any critical artist well worth the title should, initially, undertake some sort of critical analysis to get the information of any script dropped at him proper.
“This should be achieved by means of intense studying of the literature and interviews with students who’re conversant with the information. Pete Edochie did none of that.
“Had he been daring sufficient to cross-check, he would have realized that genocide passed off in Zaria in 2015 the place over a thousand Nigerian lives have been wasted by the sponsors of the movie.
“He would have come throughout the very many makes an attempt by the perpetrators to cover these heinous crimes, firstly by the burial of their victims in mass graves, an internationally acknowledged crime towards humanity as reported by Amnesty Worldwide.
“He would have realized that the matter is presently a topic of an investigation by the Worldwide Prison Court docket (ICC). He would have realized that the script earlier than him is a continuation of that determined try and distort information.
“Had Pete Edochie cared to hold out a background verify on the scripts given to him to behave, he would have realized that the Islamic Motion in Nigeria has been victorious in all of the over ten totally different circumstances it was in court docket towards the federal government and perpetrators since that genocide. The federal government, with all its would possibly and powers, has by no means confirmed any case of crime or terrorism towards it, its management or members in any court docket of legislation.
“He would have come throughout the blunt reality acknowledged by Honourable Justice Gabriel Kolawole, then of the Abuja Federal Excessive Court docket that, ‘Invidious unobtrusive acts of intolerance by majority Muslims who observe the Sunni college of thought towards the minority Muslims who observe the Shiah college of thought is a vital issue escalating the present disaster resulting in the continued detention of the chief of the Islamic Motion in Nigeria and the continued incessant persecution of its members.’
“If Edochie has any character as he claims, he wouldn’t have accepted to behave any position in a movie that appears to vary the narrative and deform historical past based mostly on a e book distorting information! If he had any integrity, he wouldn’t have accepted to seem in a film tarnishing the picture of an oppressed persona like Sheikh Zakzaky and nonetheless assume he did nothing unsuitable as a result of the Sheikh was not talked about by title.
“Edochie has thrown his professionalism to the winds as he selected to be paid to distort historic information, but claiming to not seek advice from anyone, when clearly the forged bears all of the telltale indicators of mischievous try, at not solely demonizing IMN but additionally Islam as an entire. Peaceable protesters of the Motion are mischievously depicted as armed protesters, with weapons and knives tasty for the blood of the harmless.
“But, Edochie would quite that we waited for him and his perpetrator sponsors to finish their denigration and manipulation earlier than we complain, whilst we’ve got seen sufficient to persuade us of their depraved intentions.
“Pete Edochie additionally claimed that his life was threatened with out saying by whom in an try to offer the Motion a nasty title and to draw low cost sympathy from Nigerians.
“The petition written by the Islamic Motion in Nigeria to the Inspector Basic of Police and the Movie’s Censors Board doesn’t threaten anybody’s life. Issuing of threats has by no means been in our character.
“Lastly, the underside line is that Pete Edochie ought to be honourable sufficient to simply accept that he allowed himself for use to additional vilify victims of one of many worst state-sponsored massacres of its residents. He may nonetheless redeem his title as different actors within the ill-fated movie are doing.”