The Benue State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to ban the popular reality television show Big Brother Naija.
The decision was reached during a plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Hon. Hyacinth Dajoh.
The proposal gained momentum after Hon. Manger Manger, the representative for Tarka State Constituency, raised concerns about derogatory comments made by Venita Akpofure, a housemate on the show, towards the Tiv ethnic group.
In addition to the call for the show’s ban, the House decreed that Akpofure issue a public apology to the Tiv ethnic community through two national dailies and television stations.
Furthermore, they recommended reporting her to the Inspector General of Police and initiating legal action in a competent court to deter future instances.
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.