The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has condemned the portrayal of Shiites in a yet-to-be-released Nollywood movie titled, ‘Fatal Arrogance’.
Pete Edochie plays the lead role in the film, which was shot in Enugu and produced by Anosike Kingsley Orji.
Although the movie’s official trailer is yet to be released, its behind-the-scenes and a 12-minute-clip from the set are already generating controversy on social media.
IMN maintained that the movie is a propagandist portrayal of its detained leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and the Shiite followers.
The group linked the movie to a book of the same title as the movie, ‘Fatal Arrogance’ written by Kuanum Terrence, launched in Abuja on February 19. They had accused the author of being a military apologist.
In a statement published on their official Facebook page on Tuesday, the group said they were shocked by the film ‘‘where the popular Islamic Movement in Nigeria and its leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky are being depicted and badly portrayed as terrorists.’’
Describing the social media clips of the film which surfaced on the internet as bizarre, they added that they have petitioned the Films and Censorship Board as well as the Inspector-General of police over the matter.
The group added that they believe that the movie is being sponsored by the Nigerian Army and is especially worried that Edochie is lending it some credibility.
Their statement partly read, “In a normal circumstance, this kind of clips can be dismissed but not at times like these when Buhari regime is sponsoring a contractor/activist for, and supported by, the Nigerian Army like Kuanum Terrence and security operatives to launch offensive on the Islamic Movement that has a reputation for upholding peace even at the peak of unprovoked attacks.”