L-R: Major General, Rogers Ibe Nicholas, Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Army HQ.; Prince Tonye Princewill, Executive Producer and Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Regional Director, M-net West Africa during the press conference of The Movie 76 held at Four Point By Sheraton Hotel.
The army chief talked about the new focus of the military under the leadership of Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Army Staff at the unveiling of the movie, “76”.
The Major General said:
“With every regime come different concepts and ideas. So with the coming of Maj Gen T.Y Buratai as Chief of Army Staff, he has a vision which is to have a professionally responsive Nigerian army in discharge of its constitutional mandate. And part of that is to develop a military/ civil relationship that will close the gap between the military and the civilians. That is what we are trying to do. The issue of people not having channels to complain is now a thing of the past. Right now, we have a human rights desk in our office. We are collaborating with the National Human Rights Commission and the Nigerian Bar Association.
“We welcome and encourage any filmmaker who wants to do a movie on the insurgency war as long as it is within the confines of the law. Interested participants can come up and we will look into it and collaborate.
“When we are collaborating with a filmmaker, it means that there is counterpart funding for it. This means that it is a two-way traffic, not that the Nigerian Army alone will fund such movies. If you come up with a proposal and you think that it will be beneficial to the Nigerian Army and indeed, Nigerians as a whole, then we will be ready to look into it.”
“76 tells a tale of love in the time of war. The movie deals with a range of issues including the plight of the African woman, and the usually invisible pain of a soldier’s wife.
“76 highlights the enduring Nigerian cultural values of courage, resilience, patience, loyalty, faith and family and the nation’s ability to surmount all challenges”, the award-wining director shared.
“The movie’s thematic preoccupation presents a number of questions including the country’s mis-direction amongst many other issues”, said Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill the executive director of the film.
“76’ premieres in mid-2016, following which it’ll air on Africa Magic. Watch the film trailer in the video below;
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