Contrary to reports that Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammad, made a move to shutdown the Big Brother Nigeria reality show, the minister has now come out to debunk the report.
Mohamed was reported to have ordered the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission NBC, to suspend the show due to Covid-19 risks.
Following the report, Nigerians criticised the minister on social media for allegedly planning to have the show shutdown.
But the minister in a statement by his media aide dismissed the claim, saying the report was not credited to the minister.
Describing the report as speculative, the minister said there was no memo to support the claim that he ordered the NBC to suspend the show on DSTV.
The statement reads, “We will not dignify speculative reports, the statement in question is not credited to the minister. If a minister issues a directive, it will not be issued verbally.
“There is going to be a memo to that effect. Anybody that is sure the minister made those statements should provide a memo.”