#BBNaija: Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed reportedly made moves to stop show from airing

The Big Brother Naija show since its debut season has become the biggest reality TV show in the country. It has spawned a number of interesting and entertaining characters, who used the screen time afforded them to create highly engaging and unforgettable content.

For this reason, the show has become the most anticipated show all year round, every year, and has the highest viewership in Nigeria. However there seem to be those who are not caught up in the hype.

Following a report from The Cable, it has become public knowledge that Lai Mohammed; Minister of Information and Culture is reportedly against the airing of the Big Brother Naija Season 5, over health related concerns.

According to the report, the minister had reached out to the Acting Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC); Armstrong Idachaba, to have him take the show off the airways. His reason for this is the fear that the COVID-19 virus may spread via this platform.

The minister also wanted this directive to come from the NBC, rather than himself. According to inside sources, he did not want to reignite the narrative that he is waging a war against Multichoice. He is also alleged to have launched a political campaign against the network to drive them out of the country, and pave the way for his main consultant to make a return to Pay TV after previously failing.

However, the NBC had reached out to Multichoice over similar health concerns and Multichoice in a detailed letter, had assured them of the strict preventive protocols they had taken, including, two weeks mandatory testing and quarantine before entering the house, disinfecting the house, and hosting a audience free live eviction show.

Later on, the DG would be quoted as simply stating that the BBNaija show will not be taken off the airways. He could not be reached for further comments.

Nigerians on Twitter, have reacted differently to the news of the minister. Some agree with the man based on the decency of the show, while found it difficult to understand what he has against the show.

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