The 2018 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show started on January 20, 2018 with 20 housemates selected from different parts of the country will be coming to end today, Sunday, April 22, 2018.
The show however has been criticised by many Nigerians as not being up to standard in the areas of maintaining morals, especially among the youth.
And one obvious thing about the show is the absence on youths from the Northern part of the country. Daily Post however contacted the President of the Arewa Consultative Youth Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, and he gave his reasons.
“No Northerner would appreciate such a programme. No core northerner will participate in a programme like the Big Brother Naija because of the immoral act involved.
“The show is immoral and we do not participate in such. No responsible child of a northern benefactor will participate. Even the non Muslim, if they have proper upbringing, you cannot see them participating in the act of immorality.
“We have an identity, we have culture and our religion. We know how we look at life and how we go about it.
“Is it about the oral sex they are talking about or the irresponsibility? What is there to learn? It is totally out of place. It will be difficult for a northern to participate.
“I think big brother naija will have to do something better than they are doing now because I think a time will come that definitely a responsible government will come and do something about it.
“You will hardly see a core Arewa participating because of their values and culture.” He said
In contrast, the President of the youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, David Daniel Karza, is not in total agreement with Yerima.
Although, Karza agreed that contents of the Big Brother Naija show and videos that people especially the youths “watch on television must be very significant in moulding their moral and spiritual lives,” he, however, maintained that, “Big Brother Naija reality show has done so well in showcasing some of our cultural heritage in Nigeria and has brought together youths across different ethnic/religious groups in Nigeria.”
He also said the Big Brother Naija show, “will definitely promote unity and open an opportunity to share good common values that can build a better understanding on how we can collectively coexist peacefully for the progress of our country and beyond.”
He noted that there are some aspects of the show that are immoral, therefore, calling on the youths to “use Colossians 3:5-7 to guide their activities in the Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show. This will promote Godliness and dignify the show which in turn will appeal to the conscience of all to keep watching and probably encourage their children to also register and participate.”
He also said Muslims should as well “participate to share with their counterparts their belief and practices in Islam and how it can necessitate modifications.