The uproar generated from the recent launch of the Big Brother Naija reality show, seems to be gaining momentum; the latest to this is that an Abuja based NGO, Media Network Against Corruption has vowed to mobilize as many Nigerians as possible for a boycott of the ongoing reality TV show, until the organizers do the needful by returning to Nigeria for the show. As part of a sensitization programme on the matter, tagged Operation Bring Back Naija, the group led by its National Coordinator, Prince James Okonkwo, stormed the premises of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), in Utako to register their protest.
According to the leader of the group, this action is an act of economic sabotage, a huge let down on the territorial integrity of Nigeria and should not be allowed to lie low. In his words, “Nigeria has all the infrastructural capacity they require to host a show of that magnitude; it is just that we have a culture of not appreciating what is our own. Remember that the first edition of this same show was hosted in Nigeria 10 years ago and it was a success, to the extent that one of the products of that process is selected to host the latest edition; it is a big shame that those that should stand up against this national disgrace are currently watching proceedings from the stands. Enough is enough, these South African businesses should be made to conform to certain operational standards otherwise they should ship out of Nigeria. Our position is that that house if truly a Nigerian house, should be returned to Nigeria immediately otherwise, we advise that all Nigerians should boycott that ill motivated program, as it denigrates our national integrity. We are doing a petition to all relevant government agencies to remind them of their individual and collective responsibility to the Nigerian people. The National Assembly, Film and Video Censors Board, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Labour, etc. if we don’t contain this damages today, they will feed us with worst insults tomorrow” concludes an obviously disturbed James.