The Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has reportedly asked the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to shut down Big Brother Naija over fears that it might escalate cases of the coronavirus.
According to TheCable, the acting director-general of the NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, told senior management members that he had been directed by Lai Mohammed to shut down the BBNaija show due to possible spread of COVID-19 among housemates.
However, insiders told TheCable that the NBC management was not well disposed to the move to shut down BBN, with some of them saying there was no basis for it.
A director is said to have reminded the meeting that NBC had already sought explanation from Multichoice on a possible violation of COVID-19 protocols with the airing of the show. The letter was sent to NBC on July 1, 2020 before the Big Brother Naija Reality Tv show began.
There are reports that MultiChoice Ltd, the producers of the reality, had explained to the NBS that it has secured the approval of the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) having promised housemates and the organizing crew will strictly obey all the safety protocols against COVID-19.