Nigerian government reportedly orders shutdown of Big Brother Naija 5

There are strong rumours that the minister of Information and Culture in Nigeria, Lai Mohammed, has on behalf of the Nigerian, government, ordered the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to shut down the ongoing fifth season of Big Brother Naija, over fears coronavirus may spread among housemates.

According to a report on The Cable, Armstrong Idachaba, Acting Director-General of the commission told some of his colleagues of the purported shutdown during a management meeting.

Apparently, a letter was sent to Multichoice, organisers of the show from the NBC on July 1, asking explanation on possible violation of Covid-19 protocols before the show began, and they did explain in their reply, that measures had been put in place to ensure the safety of the housemates.

Multichoice is also said to have told the NBC they were working on collaboration with the Lagos state Safety Commission, who had given them a green light to commence broadcast.

The report further says Multichoice informed the NBC the had decontaminated the Big Brother Naija house, and all the other required safety measures to contain the spread of the virus were adopted, which included the removal of a live audience, as seen on the opening day of the show, and the quarantining of the contestants for two weeks.

Some members of the NBC management team are said to be unhappy with the reported directive to shut down the show, as they see no moral grounds for it.

However, we will keep our fingers crossed, and see what happens in the coming days.

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