Saturday, July 25, 2020

Lai Mohammed reportedly tells NBC to halt Big Brother Naija

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has asked the National Broadcasting Commission to halt the transmission of Big Brother Naija, a TV reality show.

The Minister reportedly made the call to end the fifth season of the show which commenced on July 20 by citing fears of a possible spread of Covid-19 among housemates.

On Wednesday, Acting Director-General of the NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, told senior management members of the commission at a meeting that he had been directed by the minister to shut down the show, according to TheCable.

A director had told the meeting that the NBC had on July 1 sought an explanation from Multichoice Ltd on a possible violation of Covid-19 protocol with the airing of the show.

However, MultiChoice Ltd had subsequently replied the NBC stating the measures taken to forestall any violation of the Covid-19 protocol advised by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, adding that the Lagos State Safety Commission gave approval for the show.

The organisers also said housemates went through mandatory two-week isolation before the commencement of the show and that the BBN House had been disinfected and rearranged to ensure physical distancing, in addition to the elimination of live audience.

Idachaba, was, however, yet to convey the minister’s directive to the organizers of the show.

However, Nigerians have taken to social media to warn the minister to desist from such move.

Below are some reactions on Twitter Friday night.

One Chioma wrote: “Big brother house was properly quarantined and all the contestants tested healthy.

Why is Lai Muhammad bent on canceling a huge project like BBN?

“Please it should better be a joke o.”

Another Twitter user wrote: “don’t understand the beef The minister of information has with MultiChoice.

“Tell me Why this man is calling on NBC to shut down BB Naija when every single housemate was quarantined and several precautions were taken by the organizers & LASG.”

Another Twitter user added: “Lai Mohammed must hate to see Nigerians genuinely happy about anything.”


  1. Trust Nigerians to roast him alive

  2. They don't want enjoyment for Nigerians

  3. The show is a disgrace to Nigeria as a whole. A whole african nation, this is the type of shit you allow on your TV. No wonder the world doesn't respect Nigerians. Apart from well known global fraud in every country. . So disgusting. I feel sorry for Nigerian youth who look up to this uselsss ghetto ill mannered not raised well cast of the show. So America is doing ratchet shows black tv doesnt mean we as africans should do same. Such a dispicable nasty ratchet show