Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has come under fire from the Actors Guild of Nigeria for referring to Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi as a “Nollywood actor.”
El-Rufai called Obi a Nollywood actor who couldn’t win the election on Thursday’s episode of TVC’s Journalists’ Hangout.
Kate Henshaw, who is in charge of communication for the AGN, put out a statement on Saturday in which the guild criticized El-Rufai’s comment and asked him to apologize and take it back.
Part of the statement stated, “The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Chief Ejezie Emeka Rollas, MON, states, El Rufai’s statement is not only disparaging of the acting industry but also insulting to the actors in Nollywood.”
“The remark is meant to minimize and denigrate an actor’s intellectual ability.” It is arrogant and condescending of a person holding a public position to use actors to make fun of an idiot in a mocking manner.
“The purpose of the statement was to make fun of the acting business, and it is very rude and insulting to the Actors Guild of Nigeria and to Nollywood as a whole.”
“Nollywood actors have done a lot to change the bad opinion that people like El Rufai and his allies had of our beloved country.
The Guild is shocked by the governor’s comments, which talk about a line of talented intelligentsia with a good reputation. The governor professes to be educated and intelligent.
After a few rough years in government, Chief Rollas complained that the Governor didn’t seem to know how important actors are to the growing global creative economy.
Little wonder Nigeria is suffering from a catastrophic economic crisis after years of leadership that is illiterate, relies primarily on the oil business, and lacks any plans to expand and develop the nation.
“Chief Rollas argued that actors are better able to lead and develop Nigeria than some of the typical leaders in government today because they are intellectually and educationally educated, creative, and gifted with imaginative capacity.
The national president asked El-Rufai to take back his stupid statement and apologize to Nollywood actors right away.