In the last few weeks, the Internet and social media have been awash with streams of declaration by some arts and entertainment celebrities about their political ambitions. The likes of 9ice, Kate Henshaw, Julius Agwu and Desmond Elliot have already indicated their interest in contesting for different political positions.
Speaking to Arts Dome, Arinze said, despite the criticism that has trailed the ambition of these celebrities, the foray of artistes and entertainers into partisan politics is a welcome development. “It is good for the industry and is also good for the country at large. And I think they will do well,” he said.
The Nollywood actor also disagreed with some critics who claim the artistes may be going into politics for monetary reasons.
Arinze said, “Someone who decides to run or come into an office knows why he or she decided to run for that office in the first place. I don’t think they are going into politics for the money. I’m not going to be one of the people who would come out and say they are going into politics for the money. But they are going there to positively affect society.”
Arinze further noted that they would play a major role in helping the country to move forward as their experience in the arts and entertainment industry would help their political career. “They are role models, people look up to them, they talk to people and they listen to them. Being a role model alone is a burden for them. So, they know that they just have to serve the right purpose,” he said.
When asked if he would follow suit, Arinze said, “For now, I am not going to get involved in running for elective office, but I’m in politics already. I love politics and I like to work behind the scene for now. I have people I am supporting but I definitely would not want to mention their names. I would certainly encourage other entertainers to go into politics.”