The Director-Basic of NBC, Ishaq Midibbo-Kawu clarified latest media experiences that his fee banned some songs, stating that Nigerians should understand the statutory mandate of the NBC.
“It is important to let Nigerians understand that NBC does not ban any music. I learn on social media platforms on a regular basis that NBC banned a music; the fee by no means bans any music. What NBC does on a regular basis is to remind our licensees that there are specific categorisation of music that are important in broadcasting. If a music is categorised, “Not To Be Broadcast” (NTBB) as a result of of the lyrics of the music, then, we’ll remind the broadcasters that they can’t be broadcast” he mentioned.
He went on to say
“this is what it is misinterpreted within the social media that we banned the music”. The director normal additionally refuted the allegation that NBC was “finishing up a Jihad on Nigerian songs” primarily based on a petition by a faith-based human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).
He harassed that the NBC did not perform any Jihad, however solely responded to a music on a radio station as a result of it had lyrics that have been NTBB. He gave an assurance that the Federal Authorities, by way of the NBC, would not infringe on creative liberty or licence.
He, nonetheless, reminded artistes and broadcast organisations of their obligations to Nigerians and the youths, particularly.
“Final week, I issued a press launch to urge Nigerian artistes to have totally different variations of their songs. They need to do a model that can be utilized for public broadcast area and one other model for membership utilization which may carry every kind of lyrics that they need. If they need their songs to be broadcast on radio and tv in Nigeria, these songs should conform to guidelines and have to be songs that younger folks can pay attention to,” he mentioned.
He disclosed that the fee was planning a nationwide dialogue with Nigeria main artistes on the necessity to keep away from vulgar lyrics and hate speeches of their songs.
“The reality of the matter is that 75 per cent of our inhabitants is below the age of 35 whereas 63 per cent is below the age of 25, so we now have a youthful inhabitants. In case you go on Youtube, Olamide music, “Wo” has over 10 million hits. That tells you the sort of affect these younger artistes have on all our youngsters within the nation. They need to assist to orientate the younger folks on the precise values. If their songs have a good time intercourse, violence, the use of medicine, alcohol and fraud, then they’re not serving to within the moulding of younger folks We consider that the younger era who pay attention to them might be guided by way of the use of their creative works to play purposeful social functions within the society,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the dialogue would deal with the necessity for the artistes to use their music to propagate optimistic messages about improvement.