The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, has called on the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, to sanction Multi choice owners of DSTV and GoTV to stop promoting smoking scenes on the BBNaija show.
The Deputy Executive Director of ERA, Akinbode Oluwafemi while speaking to journalists in Abuja, said that the smoking in BBNaija has not only generated shock among Nigerians but also sparked calls for the BBNaija Show to be banned.
Oluwafemi also expressed disgust over the remarks credited to the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie who had wrote on her Twitter page over the call on the Federal Government to do something about BBNaija smoking scene said that government has no power to move against immoralities in the show.
He said “Nigerians were shocked to the marrows on February 13, when smoking scenes were glamorized in the current Show of the Big Brother Naija2018 Show themed Double Wahala. ” In a clip in the particular edition, two housemates- Khloe and Teddy A are seen puffing away after Khloe had a very heated argument with fellow housemates.
“Government at all levels and the relevant agencies should begin enforcement of the nine key provisions of the NTC Act that prohibits smoking in public places and bans sale of cigarettes in single sticks among others. “Relevant agencies of government such as the Consumer Protection Council and the security services begin a clampdown on infractions.”