The Islamic Motion in Nigeria, IMN, also called Shiites, have attacked veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, over his function in a brand new film, ‘Deadly Conceitedness.’
In a press release signed by its Spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, and made out there to DAILY POST on Tuesday, the IMN stated it discovered Edochie’s clarification of his cause for collaborating 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 function within the film which the IMN believes was sponsored by the Nigerian military.
“Firstly, any severe artist definitely worth the title should, to begin with, undertake some form of severe analysis to get the info of any script delivered to him proper.
“This should be completed by means of intense studying of the literature and interviews with students who’re conversant with the info. Pete Edochie did none of that.
“Had he been daring sufficient to cross-check, he would have realized that genocide came about 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 in opposition to humanity as reported by Amnesty Worldwide.
“He would have realized that the matter is at present a topic of an investigation by the Worldwide Legal Court docket (ICC). He would have realized that the script earlier than him is a continuation of that determined try to distort info.
“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 instances it was in courtroom in opposition to 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 in opposition to it, its management or members in any courtroom of regulation.
“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 comply with the Sunni college of thought in opposition to the minority Muslims who comply with 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 function in a movie that appears to alter the narrative and warp historical past primarily based on a ebook distorting info! If he had any integrity, he wouldn’t have accepted to look in a film tarnishing the picture of an oppressed persona like Sheikh Zakzaky and nonetheless assume he did nothing mistaken 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 info, but claiming to not seek advice from anyone, when clearly the solid bears all of the telltale indicators of mischievous try, at not solely demonizing IMN but in addition Islam as a complete. 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 relatively that we waited for him and his perpetrator sponsors to finish their denigration and manipulation earlier than we complain, at the same time as 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 present 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 Common 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.”