An actor, Uzee Usman, has urged the federal government to intensify its efforts in finding lasting solution to the security challenges in the North-Eastern part of the country.
Usman spoke in Lagos on Thursday, during the press screening of a movie, “Voiceless” at Film House Cinema, Lekki, Lagos.
The actor, who is part of the cast in the movie, said government should seek international assistance in the fight against insurgency in the area.
Rogers Ofime, Producer of the movie, on his part, appealed for care for those who had been unfortunate to go through rough times in the hands of abductors, but had been released in the area.
He said that some of such people suffered stigmatisation in the society and were, sometimes, not accepted by people around them, which should not be so.
” I intend to draw the attention of government and well-meaning Nigerians to the need for proper rehabilitation of the abducted Nigerians who are fortunate to gain freedom.
” It is important we find a way to integrate these people back into the system, some of them could be lawyers, doctors, and all if well taken care of after the bitter experience of being abducted.
” You can see Salma in the movie escaped from her abductors and she was not accepted into the society because she had a child there.
”The parents could not withstand the shame; parties in this situation need to be counselled and re-orientated,” he said
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the movie “Voiceless” is an emotional and thought-provoking one which replicates the emotional and psychological trauma the Chibok girls experienced with their abductors – Boko Haram.
It emphasises the fact that most abducted individuals were not opportune to speak out, tell their experiences, neither could they defend themselves, therefore being voiceless.
In the movie, the protagonist, Salma, one of the girls abducted, gained her freedom after giving birth to a child, but the child was not accepted by the parents, especially her father, who exhibited hatred toward the child.
Asabe Madaki, who acted Salma in the movie, said that people who were released by abductors, should be shown love, for proper recovery from their psychological trauma.
Madaki also urged government to create special rehabilitation and empowerment programmes for such individuals.
Emeka Ossai, veteran Nigerian actor, commended the efforts of those in the cast for proper interpretation of their roles.
” The movie is a touching one, it brings out all the sentiments happening in the North-East, it is also well interpreted.
” It is the most authentic depiction of happenings in the North-East, it stands out in its category and should fetch the nation an award,” he said.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle
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