According to the present Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), money ritual doesn’t exist in the way that Nollywood presents it.
He then went on to charge the Nigerian movie industry to change the narrative and start selling a new story. According to him, there is no connection between money and panties or human body parts.
The minister said all that during the fourth annual public lecture/symposium organised by the United Action for Change.
He spoke on the topic: “Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime.”
“Some people believe that if you get a man’s head or a woman’s body parts, they could be turned into money. It’s not true! And when you ask people who believe in it if they have seen it happen before, they tell you someone said they had seen it,” the minister said.
“However, it has become a reinforced belief through entertainment, social media and Nollywood. How can human heads bring money? Money is paper invented by man, not God. They put the paper in a machine to print what we call money and that is the only place money comes from.
He said people have been apprehended with human parts, which the police can attest to.
“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 go,” the minister continued.
He then urged filmmakers to reverse the storyline and make the people know that there’s no connection between money and rituals.
“Therefore, all of us, including those who make the films, must reverse the story and start selling a new story that money is printed in a machine and not through any other way like money rituals.”