On a roll from demanding an apology from Sony for insinsuating the country was a haven for scams, Nigeria is demanding an apology from the makers of District 9 for portraying Nigeria as full of gangsters and cannibals. They also want the movie to be re-edited so all the Nigerian gangsters are taken out.
“We have directed that [Nigerian cinemas] should stop public screening of the film,” Nigerian Information Minister Dora Akunyili said. “We are not happy about it because it portrays Nigeria in bad light.” Additionally, Nigeria wants the reference to the movie’s main gangster, Obesandjo, replaced, because it’s only two letters away from the surname of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.
With scenes like the one in this clip, where a local gang pulls the “cat food scam” on the hungry alien prawns, you can see where the Nigerian Ministry of Information might take umbrage. But maybe they should spend less time getting angry at people for highlighting their shortcomings and more on fixing the underlying problems that lead to the proliferation of scams and gangsterism in the first place. As the saying goes, it’s funny because it’s true.