7th August, 2021
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Saturday said the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality show is an abomination which should be banned by the Federal Government.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, who spoke on Saturday in Lagos said the body had always kicked against the reality show.
He said the problem in Nigeria was that people did not learn lessons from past mistakes and that Nigerians tended to idolise idleness and immorality.
“We pick thugs as heroes and ritualists as our models. Our youths today have missed the road; what they are interested in is not what can make the country great. What do we get to gain from open vulgarity, open nudity, the spread of shamelessness?
“BBNaija is an exhibition of licentiousness. It is a pity. There used to be a time in this country when the military and the police would compel badly dressed, indecently dressed women and even men to go back home and dressed properly,” he told The Punch in an interview.
According to Akintola, Nigerians are crying over insecurity, immorality, indecency that they were the ones who invited it.
“We all should come together – Muslim clerics, Christian clergy, we should come together and demonstrate openly against BBNaija. Neither the Qur’an nor the Bible encourages it. We should not keep silent,” he said,
Akintola urged the government to ban BBNaija, saying that the people are the government and that there are no people without the youths.
He said BBNaija is misleading the youths, encouraged robbery and insecurity, lamenting that the reality show is awarding millions of naira to young guys, awarding free cars and making young ones to salivate back home, wishing they had something like that sudden wealth.
“The Federal Government should wake up because no state government can ban it. If the Federal Government ban BBNaija, it will be like Twitter, which will be good riddance to bad rubbish.
“Twitter was banned for promoting insecurity and BBNaija should be banned for promoting immorality, indecency and corruption. We are fighting corruption; it will be part of our fight against corruption to ban BBNaija; it is national disgrace,” he said.