Nollywood actress, Mary Lazarus, has said that if any Nigerian politician offers her money to vote for him or her in the 2023 general elections, she will gladly collect the money but that won’t stop her from voting for the right person that deserves her vote.
The Nollywood star who made this known in an Instagram post she shared on Monday, advised against rejecting gifts and money from politicians, describing the incentives as ‘national cake’.
She said “If any Politician gives me money to vote for him/her…. I will gladly collect the money… Na my money… Especially the ones wey don rule before…. But I go use my head vote. Don’t reject their money or gifts, #nationalcake,” the actress wrote.
But her colleague, Chioma Ifemeludike disagreed with her and threw jabs at her saying,
“Whoever thinks that taking money from a politician and not voting them is smartness is just really dumb, why do you even need money from someone you don’t want to vote into power? That’s greed, shows lack of integrity, and exactly how we got here.
“This same hunger mentality is why young girls date multiple men, faking love just for the money. We’ve successfully killed trust, truth, and commitment in Nigeria and we dare talk of a better society?” She said.
“My people say if you reject the devil, you reject his evil works. This is a primitive and archaic mindset and it’s unfortunate that some of these celebrities are negatively influencing our society.
“You can’t hear an average American, Chinese or European celebrity publicly say they will take money from a politician in exchange for votes.
The filmmaker further urged Nigerians especially celebrities to bury the hunger mentality and ensure they communicate the right messages when they feel the need to talk about governance and politics else the next generation will bear the brunt of their corrupt deeds.
She added: “We need to understand that if we must rebuild Nigeria to be great then we must bury our hunger mentality and quest for national cake.
“You don’t need money from people with questionable intentions, most importantly you don’t need money to make critical decisions for the future of your children.
“Biko anytime we wish to talk about governance and politics let’s endeavour to send the right message, this is the only country that’s originally ours, if we fail, our children’s children will suffer it.”