Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman, Reno Omokri, has taken a swipe at Lai Mohammed regarding the federal government’s purported plans to ban the production of Nollywood movies and music abroad.
Buzz Nigeria reported that the Federal Government plans to ban every form of foreign productions in the creative industry.
During a visit to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) House in Lagos, over the weekend, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Lai Mohammed decried the situation in which the films and music meant for consumption in Nigeria are made in foreign countries.
The minister stressed that government is determined to amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in order to discourage the practice and ensure that what is consumed in Nigeria, including films and music, must be made in Nigeria.
Following the news, a lot of reactions have been flying around from many stakeholders in the entertainment industry including Peter Okoye of the PSquare group who described the federal government as mad people for daring to dictate how they choose to hustle for their money.
Consequently, the All Progressives Congress, APC, youth renaissance group has called for his arrest over the alleged ‘insult’ on the Federal government of Nigeria, when he condemned the Minister’s statement.
However, Reno Omokri said the same government discouraging Nollywood from patronising foreign sources has President Muhammadu Buhari taking treatment at a hospital in London.
According to him, the Buhari administration relied on foreign consultant, David Axelord to win 2015 election so why then should Nollywood stars stop spending abroad.
This was disclosed via his twitter account @Renoomokri.
“Lai Mohammed, who now wants to stop Nollywood from making videos abroad, forgot that APC relied on foreign consultants to win elections! More
“They go abroad to educate their children. They go abroad for healthcare. But they don’t want Nollywood stars to go abroad to make money!
“Maybe Lai Mohammed wants to reduce Nollywood stars and Nigerian poo stars to beggars so they will be eligible for taxation by @HMKemiAdeosun
“Lai Mohammed, is the money that APC paid David Axelrod’s AKPD media, a foreign consultant, up to the money Nollywood spends abroad annually?
“PMB is in a U.K. hospital. PMB’s kids school in UK schools. PMB’s wife shops in U.K. stores, yet Lai comes after Nollywood for going abroad!
“FRSC shouldn’t limit its psychiatric test to reckless drivers.
“They should start performing them on reckless ministers like Lai and Kemi!”, Reno Omokri wrote.
Meanwhile, Charly Boy, also known as Area Fada, has joined the list of entertainers who have reacted to the Federal Government’s proposed plan to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music abroad.
In an explosive piece titled – Sleeping Warriors In A Dying Nation, Charly Boy slammed the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, describing him as a ‘joke’.