“Endsars will seem like a dress rehearsal for the real one” – Actor Okon Lagos warns against rigging of this election
Nollywood actor, Ime Bishop, popularly known as Okon Lagos, has asked politicians not to rig the 2023 elections because frustrated Nigerians will no longer stand for it.
Sharing his 1 kobo on his Instagram page, the thespian warned that the EDNSARS crisis will look like dress rehearsal compared to what will happen if the results of this election were manipulated.
He wrote; “Obviously, there is huge intimidation and rigging, but Please in ALL we do, let us not rig this election with impunity in such a way that it reflects a total opposite of the general will of already frustrated Nigerians o.
If not, ENDSARS will seem like a dress rehearsal for the real one!… just my 1 kobo advice!!! Now that the long sleeping, docile giant in us is finally wide awake, please let everyone do their part in doing the right thing at all times, especially while collating the results.
In this destiny defining moment in our lives, there is a very thin line between sanity and insanity. It will be very unwise to mess with the collective destinies of frustrated people.
Comedy doesn’t make me unserious – Okon Lagos
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, he said, “Who says my (comic) roles are not serious? (laughs) There is nothing unserious about comedy. As a matter of fact, it is a genre of drama that is arguably the hardest.
If one has what it takes to elicit laughter from Nigerians, who are hurt and frustrated, then one is seriously on top of one’s craft and game. I don’t see anything unserious about comedy.”
Speaking on why he has been very vocal about the forthcoming elections, he said, “Lately, I became (more) interested in politics; although I had always had an interest in it. I think this is an era of intense political awareness. The desire to make our country work has never been higher among the entire citizenry; hence, my participation.”
The actor also stated that celebs who refuse to take a stand in the forthcoming elections should not be bullied, although they could be described as ‘spoilers’. He said, “Bullying people (including celebs) for not taking a stand in the forthcoming elections is wrong. It is within their right.
However, I believe the need to make this country work should be a concern because the country is not working; at least not the way it is supposed to. I also see the frustration of people who want to fix this country.
“If one does not participate in the elections or in the voting process, those who are looking towards making the country work will see such a person as a spoiler. They will also be seen as betrayers who do not want the country to work.”
On what he considers as the highpoint of his career so far, he said, “My career has not reached a high point. I am still hungry.
I believe some day it will. By the time one begins to talk about the high point of one’s career, complacency and that funny sense of accomplishment will envelop one and I don’t want that to happen”.