Read what Obasanjo said about proposed movie on his military rule, Murtala Mohammed assassination

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– Former president Olusegun Obasanjo gives support for movie 76 based on his military regime and Gen. Murtala Mohammed’s killing

– The ex-military and civilian head of state says the movie will remind Nigerians of their past and prevent a repeat

– Tonye Princewill says it will serve as sense of history to the youths

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke on the 1976 coup

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke on the 1976 coup

The regime of two ex-military head of states has gone into a yet-to-be released military thriller.

The military juntas, General Olusegun Obasanjo and late General Murtala Mohammed are the main focus of the movie titled 76. The movie was presented to former president Obasanjo who joined other critical stakeholders like the Nigerian Army to support the innovative military thriller which depicts events that took place when he was military head of state in 1976 following the assassination of Gen. Murtala Mohammed.

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At a private screening for the former president at his Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Adonis Production team led by co-executive producer, Tonye Princewill received a pat on the back. Describing the film as “a mixture of sweet and sorrow”, Obasanjo commended the team saying: “It will make us remind ourselves not to go back to the dark days, which put us in go-no-go situation. We might not yet have lived up to our best, but we have lived through our worst.”

Ex-president Obasanjo with the team of 76

Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo with the team of 76

He added: “We can have more of this, as there are more national issues that can be portrayed. We are capable of the best and that is what this film has shown,” he said.

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Princewill who led a delegation of the cast and crew including Rita Dominic, Izu Ojukwu and Chidi Mokeme, responded saying the cast and crew of ‘76 were on tour of the country to seek support and stakeholder endorsement for the film, billed to premier in cinemas in November.

“The youth of today need to have a sense of the past, we have no sense of history, hence the resolve to have the film ‘76,” he said.

Ex-president Obasanj and actress Rita Dominic

Ex-president Obasanj and actress Rita Dominic

Princewill said the visit to Obasanjo was important: “Considering his position at that time in the country. He was there in the front row. We deemed it wise to come and show him the film and curry his esteemed endorsement, which as you can see we have just got.”

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Hours after the former president gave his nod; the landmark cinematic production hit another milestone by being the first all-Nigerian made in Nigeria movie chosen to have its own world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film has also received scheduled dates for the London International Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival among others in circuit of international release.

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