Actors and seasoned Nollywood stars have accused politicians of sponsoring incessant killings of Nigerians, particularly in the North-eastern region, thereby calling for an end to the menace.
The group, in a protest led by seasoned actor and former President, Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Ejike Asigbeu at a rally held in Surulere, Lagos, said Nigeria would no longer fold its hands and watch politicians continue with their nefarious activities.
The entertainers said they were alarmed about the senseless and perceived politically-motivated killings in parts of North West Nigeria.
Speaking during the rally, which was graced by Nollywood bigwigs, Asigbeu called on the masterminds and sponsors of the criminal acts to embrace peace in the interest of humanity.
He said, “The worrisome aspect of the whole issue is the fact that these politicians have been dramatizing in public and on the pages of newspapers condemning the killings when in truth, the entire world knows they are the ones behind the senseless killings”.
“We wish to state that this protest is by no means a joke or a flash in the pan, it should indeed serve as a wakeup call to the politicians behind the killings that the world is now fully aware of their nefarious activities and how they have placed a premium on gold over human lives.”
“We also wish to send a strong message to Zamfara politicians that they must stop the senseless killings in their interest as the Concerned Actors and Seasoned Nollywood Stars is ready to take this campaign beyond the shores of Nigeria.”
“It must be noted that this protest became necessary due to the fact that the security of lives and properties is not the job for only the military or the police”
“There is no doubt that our security agencies have been up and doing in the task of protecting lives and properties in Zamfara state and its environs. However, they still need our support in ensuring that peace returns to Zamfara state and its surroundings.”
“It is hoped that the politicians behind the bloodletting in Zamfara state and North West Nigeria would see reason and desist from their evil acts for peace to reign supreme.”