Group warns Nigerian entertainers over plan to rally against Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]

A group, the Youths For Change NG, has dared the Coalition of Nigeria Entertainers, CNE, on its plan to hold a nationwide protest against the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

The entertainers had expressed outrage over a statement by the minister suggesting that government would ban Nigerian artistes from producing music videos and films outside the country.

Mr. Mohammed said the government had taken steps to get the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC, to put an end to the trend of producing Nigerian music, movies and programmes abroad.

The statement drew criticism from some Nigerians who asked the government to first address the issue of public officials going for medical treatment abroad, before thinking of sanitising the movie industry.

The minister, however, clarified his statement, saying government has no bad motive in trying to discourage production of Nigerian films abroad.

“It is not directed at any particular incident, every country should respect the local industry of other countries. For example, in Ghana they introduced a law today that demands visiting actors to pay a thousand dollars to the government coffers while visiting directors and producers pay 5,000 dollars. We must create an enabling environment and also generate revenue from our creative industry,” Mr. Mohammed explained.

“The argument is simple, when you go to shoot a film offshore, you use the work force of that country to develop the capacity of that country and you improve the economy of that country and that is what we are trying to do here,” he said.

Music artistes like Ruggedman and P-Square had criticised the minister over the comment.

The CNE, on its part, issued a seven-day ultimatum to Mr. Mohammed to withdraw the statement and called on the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to sack the minister immediately.

A statement released on Saturday by Seun Bobade, the National Leader of the youth group, lambasted the CNE on its protest plan, saying it will incur the wrath of Nigerian youth if it embarked on the protest.

Mr. Bobade chided the group over its threat, saying the minister’s only offence is that “he is doing everything possible to ensure the creation of jobs for the Nigerian youth, using the Creative Industry.”

“Indeed, we have declared the nebulous CNE as anti-Nigerian youths, and we dare them to embark on their protest and see if they will not incur the wrath of the youths.

“We have followed the controversy over the purported ban, and the statement by the minister that he was referring to the production of Nigerian content programme meant for Nigerians outside the country.

“We believe this statement should be applauded rather than derided,” the statement said.

The group said it wished the minister had indeed banned the production of music videos outside the country, because it will support any action that will create even one job for the teeming army of jobless Nigerian youth.

“We appeal to the minister not to succumb to those who are apparently being sponsored by some powerful forces to ensure that Nigerian jobs are perpetually being exported abroad under the guise of shooting music videos and producing reality shows, including ”Big Brother Naija” and ”The Voice”,” it said.

“Can anyone imagine a Big Brother show meant for the South African or Kenyan audience being domiciled in Nigeria? Has anyone seen ”Big Brother Africa” being produced outside Africa? Does anyone care about the number of jobs that would have been created in Nigeria while the production of ”Big Brother Naija” lasted?

“Should such jobs and other fall-outs, including the massive purchase of food for the house mates, have been lost to another country, when the show was meant for the Nigerians audience?

“If the argument is that the power situation in Nigeria is poor, didn’t Nigerians watch the show on their television sets with power, either publicly or privately generated? What of the issue of national pride involved in this?”

Mr. Bobade said his group was among those who expressed outrage when the news broke that ”Big Brother Naija” was being domiciled in South Africa, and that it applauded when the minister issued a statement asking the NBC to investigate the issue.

“Now that the minister has said the Nigeria Broadcasting Code will be amended to ensure this does not happen again, he deserves commendation, not condemnation,” he affirmed.

“The CNE, if indeed it exists, should immediately withdraw its irresponsible statement and apologize to all Nigerians, especially the youths, for daring to insult them. Same applies to those who have toed the same line as the CNE, including one Ruggedman and P Square.

“Irrespective of what they think of themselves, they should not take Nigerian youths for granted.”


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  • Frank Bassey

    Lai Mohammed. The names do not convey hope, in any way.

    • progressive

      Jobless e rats

    • woman leader1

      Olodo

    • mamaT

      u are dat hate itsef!

    • front man

      Trash

    • NaijaCaesar

      Noisemaker

    • dpfrank

      Nonsense

  • Charles

    youth for change indeed, shepherd without sheep, whose youth are representing, you are simply representing your stomachs, thieves.

    • ANTI PDP

      He who alleges must prove.

    • Change indicator

      You are one of the problems of this generation.

    • progressive

      He is fighting for the youth indeed so who are you to be complaining on whose interest is he representing.

    • progressive

      He is fighting for the youth indeed so who are you to be complaining on whose interest is he representing..

      • woman leader1

        Ignore the guy.

    • woman leader1

      He his fighting for the youth, why did the previous government do, fighting for their pocket, please let’s support the progress of Nigeria.

      • mamaT

        of course there is vission in this government dunno y some people stil think otherwise

    • mamaT

      your reasoning facaulty is very low!come to think of this we get to benefit more.

    • front man

      Go and sit down

    • NaijaCaesar

      Say that to the mirror boy

    • dpfrank

      When will you learn to think straight?

  • ANTI PDP

    I don’t understand why these entertainers prefer to carry out Nigeria jobs out to other countries?

    • mamaT

      I wonder 2

    • front man

      Honestly I don’t understand them

    • Idy

      Waste upon waste

    • dpfrank

      That’s why the HMIC has decided to stop their f00lishness

  • progressive

    The group entertainers are all wasting their time it seems they are been sponsored by wanting to go on protest

    • woman leader1

      Exactly! They are wasting their precious time.

    • mamaT

      watever the motives are, they jst dont understand the good aspect of it,the minister really meant no harm

      • front man

        You have spoken well

    • front man

      Well said

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      That’s the thing

  • woman leader1

    Those that are paid to say all sorts of things about this government are only wasting their time.

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      Very well said

  • mamaT

    I see no harm in wat the minister is driving @,y are they getting it all wrong here? if only is for the better so wat is the big deal?

    • abayomi

      Exactly my point

    • Idy

      You know this

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      My point exactly

  • front man

    A group, the Youths For Change NG, has dared the Coalition of Nigeria Entertainers, CNE, on its plan to hold a nationwide protest against the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
    Nice 1, I support this

    • Idy

      Gbam

    • NaijaCaesar

      Me too

    • Olatubosun

      You are correct

    • dpfrank

      Supported also

  • front man

    Rubbish protest they have been paid to that

    • Idy

      That’s my point precisely

  • front man

    Useless protest

  • front man

    Nothing Good will come out of the protest

    • Idy

      Definitely! They shld try it first n see

      • dpfrank

        They have failed

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      Before nko!!

    • dele20

      Exactly

  • abayomi

    Well done!! This shld be put in place

  • abayomi

    Change is for the truth

    • NaijaCaesar

      The truth always

  • Idy

    These entertainers don’t know the value of their country that’s y they keep acting this way!! May God help us

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      I wonder what their story is

    • dele20

      The entertainers seem not to really appreciate our culture

    • Night Crawler

      You are right, I hope thy wake up from their slumber sooner than later

    • dpfrank

      Their problem is ignorance

  • Idy

    They need to be put in their place!! Nigeria is an attraction on its own n if they can’t showcase what we’ve then they’re just agents of the devil

    • PDP=Lies and Deceit

      Spread this so they can be aware

  • PDP=Lies and Deceit

    This is a very ridiculous something to say, I really wonder what kind of citizens are these!! Keep it up Alhaji and the youths know the right thing to do!! Change

    • Olatubosun

      Sure

    • Night Crawler

      His the best minister of information Nigeria ever had

    • dpfrank

      Lai Mohammed is the best

  • NaijaCaesar

    Well said our able youths!

    • Olatubosun

      Yeah

  • Olatubosun

    Well spoken

  • Olatubosun

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed you are too much sir

  • Night Crawler

    The planned protest will surely fail, because there’s no going back on the decision of FG, kudos to Alh Lai Mohammed for standing his ground and committed in creating jobs for Nigerian

    • dpfrank

      Supported

  • dpfrank

    The protest has failed on arrival