APC Youth Renaissance Group Call Peter Okoye Of P-Square ‘Son Of Darkness’ Calls For His Arrest For Insulting FG

APC Youth Renaissance Group Call Peter Okoye Of P-Square ‘Son Of Darkness’ Calls For His Arrest For Insulting FG

APC Youth Renaissance Group Call Peter Okoye Of P-Square ‘Son Of Darkness’ Calls For His Arrest For Insulting FG

The decision by the FG to ban all video shot abroad was disclosed by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) today July 15th.

“This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria. We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria. The Broadcasting Code and the Advertising Code are very clear on this. For you to classify a product as a Nigerian product, it must have a certain percentage of Nigerian content”.

According to Lai, Nigerian entertainers patronise the economy of other countries whenever they go outside Nigeria to shoot their videos;

“When they get there, they will patronise the economy of that country and then bring the products back to Nigeria for us to consume. It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm wine and bring it back home to label it Nigerian palm wine. As long as we are not able to implement our own code to ensure local production of Nigerian music and movies, our young talents will not get jobs. It is Nigerians that pay for the consumption of these products and therefore they must be allowed and encouraged to participate in their production. I am going to meet with the relevant stakeholders over this, to see that whatever amendment that is needed to be made to our Broadcasting Code in this regard, is done urgently,” he said

Peter Okoye’s Reaction to Government position;

The All Progressives Congress, APC, youth renaissance group has reacted to Peter Okoye of P-square’s perceived ‘insult’ on the Federal government of Nigeria.

Reacting in a statement signed by the APC youths national secretary, Collins Edwin and made available to PoliticsNGR, the group described Peter Okoye as a “son of darkness” and urged security agencies to arrest the musician for comments alleged slander and defamation of character.

Read the full statement:

“We read the scurrilous remarks credited to Mr Peter Okoye of the Psquare group against the Federal Government’s job-saving policy in the entertainment industry with great anger and vexation.

“Least of all persons to make scathing remark against the government is the Psquare group which the local content policy of the Federal Government dusted-up from the valley of obscurity.

“Where was Peter Okoye or Psquare brand in 1999 when foreign music dominated our airwaves? If not for the government policy which mandated all broadcast stations in Nigeria to pay attention to Nigerian music by playing 95 percent of Nigerian songs every day, would Peter Okoye or Psquare be known to anybody in Nigeria today?

“Or would they have competed with better American music which dominated our airwaves then?

“After the government have used its policy to brush them up from nothing to something; instead of giving opportunity to other people, they are taking Nigerian jobs to foreign countries through the shooting of music videos abroad.

“Now that government have intervened to raise great and better entertainers again, Peter Okoye has the gut to insult the entire Federal Government by calling our great leaders ‘Ndi Ala’ which means mad and stupid people. How dare you say that Psquare?

“We, therefore, urge the security agencies in the country to arrest Mr Peter Okoye for disrespecting our government and bringing it to a disrepute.

“If you cannot produce in Nigeria and hire Nigerians, then leave the industry. We must export Nigerian culture to the outside world through our music and videos.”

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