Nigerian lawmaker wants ‘Big Brother Naija’ banned

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A member of the House of Representatives from Ogun State, Segun Adekoya, has called for the removal of the ‘Big Brother Naija’ reality TV show from Nigeria airwaves.

Mr. Adekoya made the call via a motion in the parliament.

Although the motion was slated for debate on Wednesday, his absence compelled the lawmakers to step it down.

But in a prepared copy of the motion, which was circulated on the floor of the House Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Adekoya said the theme of the show, which had become popular amongst the country’s youth, did not conform to the cultural and religious ethics of Nigeria.

Mr. Adekoya said Nigeria, despite her development, remained a largely conservative society, adding that allowing “immoral” shows like the ‘Big Brother Naija’ to be broadcast in Nigeria could corrode the minds of the younger generation, especially teenagers.

“By virtue of the existing laws, broadcasting in the country is expected to promote Indigenous cultures, morals and community life and not to encourage values of the country”.

The call came days after a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Olusegun Olulade, demanded an absolute ban of the reality TV show.

In a telephone chat with PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Adekoya said he didn’t turn up on the floor to move the motion because he didn’t know it will be placed on the agenda for the day.

“I was expecting them to call it on Tuesday, but since they didn’t, I just gave up thinking they won’t call it again,” Mr. Adekoya said. “But the content of the motion remains valid.”

“We must tell ourselves the truth. The show does not promote good ethical or cultural values. It does not amount to any economic gain for Nigeria.

“Let them continue it in South Africa where homosexuals are legally allowed to get married. But in Nigeria, we still stand by our strong moral and religious ethics.”


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  • Haba mallam

    Bravo, thank you honorable Adekoya, the innept culture ministry with it deadwood head has failed to protect Nigerians from this moral decedance, let the ignorant and pegans of the Southern Africa do it as they wish but please keep it away from us

    • Haba mallam

      Moral decadence



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  • Watch man

    Adekoya, I agree with you 100%. In fact, channel O, MTV and similar stations should also be banned. These are avenues by which alien cultures, promiscuity and fornication are being encouraged in Nigeria. The motion should be sustained. Good one!

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Segun Adekoya should indeed, go one step further and pass a law to criminalise the use of “Naija” to refer to Nigeria. Also it should be an offence to call any African, ‘black’ or the ‘N-word’.

    Please readers, don’t bother me with your questions if you can’t figure out for yourself why these words are very offensive.


    Retrogressive, lazy and corrupt legislator, is that all you want to achieve ?

  • Funke Lawal

    There are more important national issues to be attended…. Nigeria’s economy is nose-diving southward, dozens of Nigerians have been killed under xenophobia, people in authority are stealing the nation dry, yet, some shameless lawmakers are focusing on trivialities. Please go and learn how to use the remote control and parental guidance. These lawmakers are bunch of disappointments.

    • Fadama

      Thank you very much

  • Fadama

    Nobody is forced to watch the show. The show is not beamed at public places. What I decide to watch in the comfort of my room through a subscribed channel should not be the concern of this legislooter. A halt to his nonsense attempt on micromanaging Nigerians.

  • desmond king

    Here they go again with their religion and culture ethics that’s doesn’t provide food on the table of an average citizen of the country , I’m sure in their world corruption in any form doesn’t go against the culture and religious ethics of the country I beg if you no wan watch big brother show change your channel.

  • ola

    This man should concentrate and do his legislative duties ie debating and pushing for the welfare of his community.Typical stories out of Nigeria’s corrupt legislative body.What a hypocritical society.