There is no doubt that money rituals were one of the common topics in Nollywood, while such stories could be amusing, in particular because of mystic manipulations, Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing and former governor of the State of Lagos, invited the cinema to stop telling these stories during the week because money rituals were, according to him, a myth.
Fashola, who was a guest speaker at the United Action for change’s fourth annual public talk / symposium, under the theme, “Citizens ‘ security as a social contract.” Fashola said that the belief system, reinforced in Nollywood films, could promote abduction, given the number of individuals arrested by police with a human skull and other body parts for ritual money purposes.
But the former governor, who titled his lecture’ Insecurity: Action against organized crime,’ said it was time filmmakers and policymakers changed the story, to avoid wasting innocent lives.
Fashola said, “Some people say you could be turned into money if you have a man’s head or a woman’s body parts. This is not true! This is not possible! You tell you someone that you have seen it when you ask people who believe in it if they’ll see it happen before.
But the challenge is the belief system. Just think about how many people have been missing – through kidnapping – because some people believe that it exists. The police could tell us the number of people they have apprehended with human parts, such as skulls. This belief system must
Fashola said, “That’s not real, or how? How is paper (money) associated with cotton (pants) or has anyone before seen cotton money?? Those of us who have power and authority must take positions to ensure that such views are reversed.”