This year’s Big Brother Naija kicked off on July 1, 2019, and since reality TV show started airing, it has been one of Nigeria’s trending topics. However, news making the rounds claims that the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC – has petitioned the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the airing of the reality show because it is “immoral, dangerous and Bohemian.”
According to MURIC in a statement issued by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he stated that BBNaija is satanic and also wondered why the government is doing nothing over the show. The group also condemned the quest for wealth by the youths, which according to them has led to immorality, internet fraud, ritual killings and other vices.
Excerpts from the statement read;
We are being forcibly dragged to a world of nudity, shamelessness and open promiscuity. Inmates of BBNaija kiss, romance and engage in sex openly. BBNaija is bohemian, anti-social, crude and immoral. It constitutes a potent danger to every home. BBNaija is satanic. It is unacceptable.
Where are our norms and values? Is it part of African culture to engage in sex in the open? Where are the authorities? Is the Ministry of Information and Culture sleeping? Is the National Orientation Agency on sabbatical? Who will protect our children from this despicable onslaught? Who did this to Nigeria?
This reality show is dragging our children into a life of moral debauchery. It is robbing them of the last vestiges of honour. It is deleting the word ‘shame’ from their vocabulary. BB Naija has alienated our youth from the elders. A yawning lacuna now exists between the young and the old. Irreversible social crisis looms.
This petition sparked a reaction from social media users who took to Twitter to express disapproval. Using the hashtag #BBNaija #MURIC, many laughed at the petition noting that the reality TV show is rated 18 and energy should be channelled to tackling major challenges confronting Nigeria.
Below are some reactions from twitter;
— Slay Papa 🍒🍷 a.k.a Mr. Skye 🙄 (@TweetAtAustin) July 12, 2019
I have an idea for a Small Business reality TV show. Who has MURIC’s email address. Perhaps they can sponsor us with N20 million 🙂
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) July 12, 2019
Serious countries are concerned with technological advancement and growth. My country is concerned about a T.V reality show amidst so many life threatening issues.🤥🤥 MURIC ko MURAINA ni🖕#BBNaijia #MURIC pic.twitter.com/Kgotb4qK6e
— holudare (@holudaray) July 12, 2019
— Egbuchulam Chukwuemeka Emmanuel (@EEgbuchulam) July 12, 2019
Big Brother Naija television show is rated 18. The season four of the show which is tagged Pepper Dem started airing on July 1 with 21 housemates who will be battling for the grand prize of N60million in 99 days.