The Benue State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling upon the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to ban the widely-watched reality television program, Big Brother Naija. This resolution was passed during a plenary session led by Speaker Hon. Hyacinth Dajoh.
The proposal gained traction after Hon. Manger Manger, who represents Tarka State Constituency, expressed concerns about derogatory remarks made by one of the show’s housemates, Venita Akpofure, directed at the Tiv ethnic group.
In addition to advocating for the ban of the show, the House also mandated that Akpofure issue a public apology to the Tiv ethnic community through two national newspapers and television stations. Furthermore, they suggested reporting her conduct to the Inspector General of Police and initiating legal proceedings in a competent court to deter future instances.
Manger’s motion was based on Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which emphasizes the importance of respecting the dignity of every individual or group. This principle is to be upheld and safeguarded.
Manger expressed concern about the harmful comments made by Venita, who hails from the Urhobo ethnic group in Delta State. She had alleged that the Tiv people of Benue State offer their wives to visitors and friends for entertainment.
Manger stressed the necessity of addressing this issue promptly to prevent confusion and misinformation, particularly given that Venita was previously married to a Tiv man and has two children from that union. The House’s objective is to mitigate the potential harm caused by such statements, promoting accuracy and understanding instead.
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