The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, has asked the House of Representatives to empower his council with the necessary legal frameworks to go after the organisers of Big Brother Nigeria over nudity and perceived sexual acts in the hugely popular reality TV show.
Runsewe made the call on Tuesday while appearing before an Ad Hoc Committee investigating the duplication of ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government of Nigeria.
It would be recalled that in 2019, NCAC pushed for the signing into law of the 2008 Nudity Bill, in a bid to ban the Big Brother Naija reality TV show.
In the latest attempt, the NCAC DG disclosed that he has already lodged a complaint with the National Broadcasting Service (NBC) over “live sex” observed in the just concluded edition of the show which aired on DSTV and GOTV.
He stated that nudity as displayed by the organizers is against the culture of Nigeria.
The DG stated that proper amendment of the council’s act would allow them to go after BBN organizers and crossdressers like Bobrisky.
“I am the first person who took Big Brother Nigeria to NBC to report them because they were having sex on the show. I took it up and Big Brother (organisers) tried to reach me and I told them that if the culture in other parts of the world is to be naked – etc., they should not bring it to Nigeria because our culture is rich and it respects the integrity of our country,” he said.
He added that “This Honourable House just needs to empower us with just a legal framework and that nonsense will stop.”
Recall that Runsewe had once led a campaign Bobrisky, a controversial cross-dresser, and had even stopped her birthday party in Lagos with the allegation that the party was meant to promote illicit live homosexual acts.