Lawmaker wants BBNaija banned

A scene from the reality show

A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Segun Olulade on Thursday advised the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the negative implications of Big Brother Naija on the nation’s culture and youths.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Big Brother Naija is a Reality TV Show sponsored by PayPorte, an online shopping platform, and aired by Africa Magic on DStv.

Olulade, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health Services, in a statement, said that the content of the programme was completely foreign to the indigenous culture which forbade immorality.

According to him, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration which has tried to promote culture and indigenous values should not be seen to be encouraging the spread of obscenity on TV.

“We have culture and tradition in this country that we must not allow to die.

“The Federal Government, through the Minister of Information and Culture, needs to reconsider the implications of Big Brother Naija on our culture and youths.

“The content of Big Brother Naija reality show is alien to our culture. This show is contrary to the rich cultural values we are trying to promote and bring to the front burner.

“It is sad that our young children including adults are made to watch such content. This kind of programme promotes obscenity and immorality.

“We must not encourage such if our hallowed cultural heritage would be preserved. We cannot prevent our inquisitive young ones from watching the obscene displays that permeate the show.

“I think the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) should, without delay, stop this programme if this government means business in the promotion of our cultural values.

“The show does not add any value to our education, social and economic life. It is a big mockery of Nigerian culture and tradition,’’ Olulade said.

According to him, the government should swing into action through NBC to put an end to the airing of the programme before it causes serious damage to our culture.

Olulade, who is the immediate past Chairman, House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy, said that the inmates in the show, being Nigerians, should have portrayed the Nigerian cultural heritage instead of bastardising it.

He said that a programme of the calibre of Big Brother Naija was capable of causing distractions to the Nigerian youths and affecting many families.

“I will want to urge all parents and guardians to be on their guard and guide their children and wards aright on what they watch on TV.

“The implication of allowing the children to keep watching this show can be negative on this.

“Our children should not be allowed to be corrupt because this may affect their future aspiration,” the APC-Epe II representative at the Assembly said.

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  • Britex

    Better focus on how to positively affect the community u represent, policies that affect lives and amenities, what the participant exhibit are what they do in their normal lives, will you say they shouldnt live?

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    I agree with you completely. Now I know where my niece’s addiction to TV and her recent series of misbehaviors are from.
    Because it worked abroad is no reason to import this perversity to our land. Why do we feel so drawn to whites even though most of them are disinclined to feel that way about us? Look at those pictures again. If one of those were your son or daughter, would you be brimming with enthusiasm even now? With pictures such as those I am no longer surprised that our society is firmly in the grips of dogs’ paws., I regret patronizing you in the past. Be rest assured that it is the last time you will be getting any orders from us.

  • Temmy Zach

    If I may ask…what does the f**ked up country we call Nigeria have in store for all dis youth, we hear of polticians stealing funds any how rather than making use of those funds to cater for the citizens…Abeg will the ban of BBN reduce the cost of garri or petrol…why do we focus on unnecessary things in this country for God sake…Mr Olulade or what’s your name am very sure none of your kids are studying in Nigeria to witness what’s happening in Lautech presently…we all need to focus on things that will change the country for the better not all this misplaced priority sh*t…PEACE

  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    Enough of this hypocrisy.