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Pete Edochie’s ‘Fatal Arrogance’ May Steer Religious Bigotry

Pete Edochie and Destiny Etiko on set

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Shiites, one of the two main branches of Islam are currently instigating the Inspector General of Police to arrest veteran actor, Pete Edochie and Destiny Etiko, to have featured in a film titled ‘Fatal Arrogance’. The film was directed and produced by Anosike Kingsley Orji.

The Islamic Movement highlighted in the petition before the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, the role of Pete Edochie and Destiny portrays Islamic movement in bad light.

In 2002, Miss World Beauty Pageant which was slated to take place in Nigeria was moved to London to protect the lives of the contesting damsels and organisers due to an article which was considered blasphemous by Muslim fateful(s). Isioma Daniel a Nigerian journalist, with ThisDay newspapers wrote:

“Prophet Mohammed may have approved of the Miss World contest which Nigeria was to host and may have wished to marry one of the beauty queens.” This sparked a deadly riots that claimed almost 200 lives in Northern part of Nigeria, ThisDay newspapers office in Kaduna was burnt, and Fatwa was declared on the writer, a decree urging Muslims to kill Isioma Daniels as a religious duty call, just like Salman Rushdie, who was the subject of a fatwa in 1989, when the Iranian government called for his death, saying his book “Satanic Verses” was blasphemous.

Most Nigerians are of the opinion that the beauty pageant that was to encourage tourism and buttress the country’s economy had only shown the World  the ugly face of religious extremism, intolerance and violence. Critics say regardless of Islamic law, an incitement to extrajudicial execution should not be tolerated by any government particularly in Nigeria, where Muslims and Christians coexist.