Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, says he did not at anytime direct the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to suspend the Big Brother Naija Reality Show currently showing on DSTV.
The Minister, in a statement by his media team, said there was no memo to support the claim that he ordered the NBC to suspend the show due to the COVID – 19 pandemic.
Following earlier reports that the Minister gave the order, Nigerians criticised him on social media for allegedly planning to have the show shut down.
The statement reads, “The report was not credited to the Minister. We will not dignify speculative reports; if a Minister issues a directive, it will not be issued verbally.
“There’s going to be a memo to that effect that he will send; anybody that is sure that the minister made that statement should provide a memo.
“Like I said earlier, we will not dignify speculative report; if you tune your satellite TV to channel 198, I am sure Big Brother Naija is still airing, contrary to the speculative report that the Minister has ordered NBC to suspend the show.”