…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
Renowned actor and comedian, Ime Bishop Umoh, popularly known as Okon Lagos, has come to the defense of Nigerian chef Hilda Baci following the call-out she received for preparing a dog meat delicacy.
In response to the criticisms made by the president of the Dog Lovers Association, Jackie Idimogu, Okon Lagos believes that Idimogu’s actions were an attempt to undermine Baci’s achievements by inciting Western hatred.
Cultural Acceptance of Dog Meat in Akwa Ibom
Okon Lagos highlights that the consumption of dog meat is a common practice in Akwa Ibom, the state of origin for Hilda Baci.
He argues that if preparing dog meat is considered a crime, the same argument could be extended to other animals that are kept as pets by different individuals.
Clarifying Misconceptions and Exaggerations
The actor questions the authenticity of the claims against Baci, stating that there is no concrete evidence proving that the meat served by her was actually dog meat.
He also points out that social media often portrays things that are not entirely true.
However, even if it was dog meat, Okon Lagos asserts that it is a culturally accepted food in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, emphasizing that they do not consume pet dogs but rather wild dogs that are hunted as game or local breeds that pose a threat to people.
Comparative Arguments and Selective Justice
Okon Lagos draws comparisons between consuming dog meat and consuming other animals that are commonly kept as pets.
He mentions people in Florida having pet pythons and questions whether a protective movement should be launched for all animals.
He further explores the idea that if one claims plants have life and deserve to live, then it could be considered cruel and destructive to consume them.
He implies that the criticism faced by Baci is both mischievous and selective in its approach to animal rights.
Conclusion: Witchcraft and Hindering Progress
In his final statement, Okon Lagos accuses those criticizing Baci of engaging in “broad daylight witchcraft” by obstructing her path to success.
He suggests that their actions are detrimental and prevent individuals from achieving their goals.
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