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“Actors are being paid to Endorse Politicians.”- Chiwatalu Agu



Chiwetalu Agu, a veteran Nigerian actor, has discussed why celebrities support politicians.

He stated that money plays a significant role in the endorsement of politicians seeking elective office by Nigerian celebrities.

The actor expressed his displeasure with what he called some entertainers’ lack of integrity and morality, accusing them of allowing money to sway their opinions.

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In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Agu said, “I am not in that family (of actors). It (endorsement) depends on personal interest because politics is no longer the profession of sanitised citizens.

“These days, a lot of things have to do with money. Money can sway people. People are not patient again.  What they count is what money does for them today, not tomorrow.

“Nobody is patient because things are hard. Integrity, morality and conscience have disappeared. What we are doing in Nigeria today puts me off.”

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Agu also lamented that corruption had continued to thrive in the country, despite the promise made by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to tackle the challenge head-on if he was elected.

He said, “Buhari said that he would come and fight corruption to the finish, to put corruption in a very dire situation. But when he came, money began to exchange hands.

“Everything has gone gaga. Integrity no longer counts. I have lost hope in the (current) regime. As a matter fact, what Buhari is doing is not leadership; it is ‘rulership’.”