by Dolapo Adelana
A non governmental organisation, CitizenGO has petitioned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to stop airing reality TV show, Big Brother Naija (#BBNaija).
The group, which is currently gathering signatures online to stop the show sent the petition to policy makers, the NBC, The Presidency and the public.
It began collecting signatures on Feb. 20, and already has a total number of 3,160 signatures, as it targets at least 5,000 signatures.
It says,“Big Brother Nigeria is a corruption of TV Reality shows. The Nigerian public is complaining about the moral perversity in the House of the Big Brother Nigeria. In one episode last two weeks or so, the inmates were shown openly kissing and caressing one another. This is a celebration of obscenity, eroticism and idleness.
“More importantly, it is a big mockery of Nigerian culture and tradition. Since the inmates are Nigerians, they should have been projecting the Nigerian cultural heritage. But instead of doing that, they are bastardising it.
“The biggest tragedy of the on-going Big Brother Nigeria is that our children are also glued to the TV screen watching it. Children are our future. Therefore we should protect them from lewd exposure, which might prevent their growth into free, independent and well-developed citizens.
“The NBC must live up to its bidding as a body charged with controlling, monitoring, regulating the electronic media and monitoring of satellite transmission in Nigeria. Our TV stations cannot become dumping grounds for all sorts of immoral programs.”