The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has called on the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to end the Big Brother Naija show over fears that it might increase cases of the coronavirus infection among housemates.
According to The Cable, Mohammed’s directives was forwarded to the acting director-general of the NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, who on Wednesday, July 22, relayed the order to management members of the commission.
There are reports that MultiChoice Ltd, the producers of the reality, had explained to the NBS that it has secured the approval of the Lagos state government having promised housemates and the organising crew that they will strictly obey all the safety protocols against COVID-19.
MultiChoice stated that it got the green light to go ahead with the show from Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC).
Also, MultiChoice said in the letter that housemates had been screened prior to the show and that the BBN House had been decontaminated and adapted to ensure sufficient physical distancing, in addition to eliminating the use of live audience.
All inmates went through a mandatory two-week isolation during which COVID-19 symptoms would have manifested if they had the disease.