A Kaduna-based movie company says it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Army to produce a movie ‘Hadin Kai’ in support of the latter’s “non-kinetic” line of operations towards achieving lasting peace in the nation.
Giving a reason for the movie production, the firm, Maimartaba Media, said in a press statement made available to New Citizen: “It was discovered that in spite of the increasing combat operations by the Nigerian military and other security agencies in dealing with the internal security challenges in the country, the spate of insecurity and threat to national security is obviously reaching an alarming stage.
“This worrisome development has compelled the adoption of All-of-Nation approach as a veritable means of effectively surmounting the grave security challenges assailing the country. This approach demands that in times like this, every segment of the Nigerian society is expected to contribute its quota to compliment the physical battles of the military and other security agencies.”
In the statement, the firm’s Director Production, Mr. Shittu P. John, added: “In specific terms, the nature of military operations demands that robust military-media relations be maintained for national enlightenment, sensitization and security. To this extent, the Nigerian movie industries, media and other stakeholders are expected to partner with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) towards solving the security challenges facing the country.”
John revealed that the film, titled ‘Hadin Kai’, is first of its kind in northern Nigeria and is designed to align with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, which is having “a professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions Within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria”.
He said, “It is also aimed at preserving and projecting the cultures, traditions, values, morals and beliefs of the Nigerian Army.
“This is another way of providing morale-boosting support to the Nigerian military who have spear-headed the fight against insecurity on behalf of the rest of us.”
John said the movie is a flagship of Maimartaba Media, and is estimated to cost millions of naira at the production stage.
“Additionally, the project is also expected to create over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs to the youths in the areas of cinematography, lighting, acting, sound and audio engineering, fashion and costumes, graphics designing and post-production,” he said.
John added that the production of the movie will start in the first quarter of 2022 in Kaduna, and will be completed within two months.
“The production is aimed at winning the hearts and mind of its viewers and to promote peace and stability in the country,” he said, adding, “The producers strongly believe that ‘soft or non-kinetic approach’ is a veritable mechanism that can be adopted in solving security challenges currently bedeviling the country.”