The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has debunked claims that he directed the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to suspend the Big Brother Naija show.
A statement made by Mohammed’s media aide, Segun Adeyemi, outrightly distanced the minister from the purported order to the NBC, PM News reports.
Adeyemi said that if the minister gave the order to the commission concerning the reality show, it would have come in the form of a memo and not just verbally.
Mohammed’s spokesman said:
“That statement is not credited to the minister. We will not dignify speculative reports; if a minister issues a directive, it will not be issued verbally. “There’s going to be a memo to that effect that he will send; anybody that is sure that the minister made that statement should provide a memo.”
Before this, there were reports that Mohammed called on the broadcasting agency to immediately end the show According to The Cable, Mohammed’s directives was forwarded to the acting director-general of the NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, who on Wednesday, July 22, relayed the order to management members of the commission.
However, MultiChoice Ltd, the producers of the reality, had explained to the NBS that it has secured the approval of the Lagos state government having promised housemates and the organising crew will strictly obey all the safety protocols against COVID-19.