Youth group gear up to battle Coalition of Nigerian Entertainers, planning protest against Information minister
The Youths For Change Nigeria, an umbrella group of Nigerian Youths, say they are outraged at the call for sack of Information Minister, Lai Mohammed by the Coalition of Nigerian Entertainers because he said that production of creative works of Nigerians should be untertaken here in Nigeria rather than abroad.
Seun Bobade, National Leader, Youths For Change Nigeria in a statement it released in Lagos, expressed surprise at such a careless outburst by CNE.
The Youths For Change noted that CNE had claimed that their call stemmed from the fact that he was striving to ensure the creation of jobs for the Nigerian youths, using the Creative Industry.
“Indeed, we have declared the nebulous CNE as anti-Nigerian youths, and we dare them to embark on their protest and see if they will not incur the wrath of the youths.
“We have followed the controversy over the purported ban, and the statement by the Minister that he was referring to the production of Nigerian content programme meant for Nigerians outside the country.
“As a matter of fact, we wish the minister had indeed banned the production of music videos outside the country, because we will support any action that will create even one job for the teeming army of jobless Nigerian youths.
“We appeal to the Minister not to succumb to those who are apparently being sponsored by some powerful forces to ensure that Nigerian jobs are perpetually being exported abroad under the guise of shooting music videos and producing reality shows, including “Big Brother Naija’’ and “The Voice’’.
According to the Youth For Change, can anyone imagine a Big Brother show meant for the South African or Kenyan audience being domiciled in Nigeria?
Has anyone seen “Big Brother Africa’’ being produced outside Africa? Does anyone care about the number of jobs that would have been created in Nigeria while the production of ”Big Brother Naija” lasted?
Should such jobs and other fall-outs, including the massive purchase of food for the house mates, have been lost to another country, when the show was meant for the Nigerians audience?
“If the argument is that the power situation in Nigeria is poor, didn’t Nigerians watch the show on their television sets with power, either publicly or privately generated? What of the issue of national pride involved in this?
They added: “our organisation was among those who expressed outrage when the news broke that “Big Brother Naija’’ was being domiciled in South Africa, and we applauded when the Minister issued a statement asking the NBC to investigate the issue.
They said, now that the minister has said the Nigeria Broadcasting Code would be amended to ensure this did not happen again, he deserved commendation, not condemnation.
“The CNE, if indeed it exists, should immediately withdraw its irresponsible statement and apologise to all Nigerians, especially the youths, for daring to insult them.
“The same applies to those who have toed the same line as the CNE, including one Ruggedman and P Square. Irrespective of what they think of themselves, they should not take Nigerian youths for granted,’’ the statement said.
The CNE had said it would embark on a nation-wide protest against the Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, over his purported statement banning the production of music video and films outside Nigeria.
They had also issued a 7-day ultimatum to the minister to withdraw the statement and called on the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to sack the minister immediately. ##