Following the media storm that greeted a story about a ban on shooting music videos abroad, the Coalition of Nigerian Entertainers (CNE) has called on acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed with immediate effect. In addition, an ultimatum was also issued for the minister to rescind his statement or the government should prepare for a nationwide protest.
President of the entertainment group, Kenule Nwiya had this to say: “We the Coalition of Nigeria entertainers wish to inform the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo that he should sack Lai Mohammed with immediate effect if the statement against Nigeria Entertainers is not withdrawn in less than 7days.” “We shall lead a nationwide protest to caution the government on the unhealthy decision which will undermine the international influence of Nigerian Music & Movie Content if the statement is not withdrawn and we also want the misfit Minister of Information to stop saying things that will cause crisis in our beloved country.”
During the week, Alhaji Lai Mohammed attempted to clarify the statement accredited to him by saying:“I didn’t say that henceforth, all music videos and films will be produced in Nigeria, or that the production of music videos or films outside Nigeria will be banned. All I said was that if a programme is designated as a Nigerian (local) content programme, we will amend the Code to ensure that it is produced in Nigeria. On that, there is no going back.”
While the minister is known for off-the-cuff remarks and controversial statements, he seems to have some support from Nigerians, with many wondering why foreign musicians don’t view Nigeria as a location for their video shoots.
Certainly, this drama is far from over. Watch this space!