Contrary to the rumors flying round that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed asked NBC to stop airing the Big Brother Naija reality show, the minister has come forward stating that there was no official memo signed. 

Lai Mohammed was reported to have ordered the Nigerian Broadcasting Commmison, NBC to suspend the reality show due to the risk of coronavirus. Following the rumor, Nigerians took to social media to criticise the minister for taking such action which most people perceived as "unneccesary".

However, in a statement released by his media aide, the reports were not credited to the minister. According to him, there was no official memo to claim that the minister ordered NBC to take such action. 

The statement reads,
 The report was not credited to the minister. That statement is not credited to the minister. We will not dignify speculative reports; if a minister issues a directive, it will not be issued verbally.
There’s going to be a memo to that effect that he will send; anybody that is sure that the minister made that statement should provide a memo.Like I said earlier, we will not dignify speculative report; if you tune your satellite TV to channel 198, I am sure Big Brother Naija is still airing, contrary to the speculative report that the minister has ordered NBC to suspend the show.