#BBNaija: Lagos Lawmaker Wants Big Brother Naija Banned
By Rashidat Akashat with agency report
A Lagos State lawmaker, Mr Segun Olulade on Thursday, urged Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed to have a look at the negative impact BBNaija influences on our youths and culture.
Big Brother Naija is a Reality TV show aired by Africa Magic on DSTV and sponsored by an online shopping mall PayPorte.
The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health Services, said in a statement that the content of the programme was totally foreign and encourages immorality which is completely forbidden to our culture.
‘Culture And Tradition Must Thrive’ – Lawmaker
Olulade said the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari which has tried immensely to promote culture and traditional values, should not be seen as encouraging nudity and other acts of immorality especially 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,” he said.
He was bitter about adults and teenage viewership of the programme, lamenting that they are made to watch such indecent content, in order to flow with the trend.
“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.
NBC Should Ban Immoral Programme
Olulade insisted further that the government, through NBC, should immediately put an end to the airing of the programme before it completely destroys our indigenous culture.
The Lawmaker said that rather than bastardizing our heritage, the inmates in the show should have portrayed the Nigerian values.
Olulade also added that the example of Big Brother Naija was capable of destroying the values of Nigerian youths and even the 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,” he further stressed.
Then he advised that parents should not allow the television reality show to corrupt and affect the future of their children.
Olubade is the immediate past Chairman, House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy.
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