A resolution encouraging the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to outlaw the well-known reality television program Big Brother Naija has been approved by the Benue State House of Assembly.
The choice was made in a plenary meeting that was presided over by Speaker Hyacinth Dajoh.
The suggestion gathered traction after Hon. Manger Manger, the MP for Tarka State Constituency, voiced his worries regarding remarks made about the Tiv ethnic group by Venita Akpofure, a housemate on the program.
The House also ordered Akpofure to publicly apologize to the Tiv ethnic community through two national dailies and television stations, in addition to calling for the show to be banned.
Additionally, they advised filing a complaint against her with the Inspector General of Police and launching a lawsuit in a respectable court.
In his motion, Manger cited Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, emphasizing that every individual or group deserves respect for their dignity, a principle that must be upheld and protected.
Manger expressed concern over the damaging remarks made by Venita, an Urhobo from Delta State.
She had claimed the Tiv people of Benue State offer their wives to visitors and friends for entertainment.
Manger underscored the importance of addressing the issue promptly to prevent confusion and misinformation, particularly since she was previously married to a Tiv man and had two children from the union.
The House aims to curb the potential harm caused by such statements, ensuring accuracy and understanding prevails.