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'We do not ban songs'- NBC denies banning Olamide, Davido and 9ice's songs

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has denied releasing a list containing five Nigerian songs which have been banned by the commission.

The commission stated that its job did not include banning of songs, adding that the prerogative on whether or not to play songs was up to broadcast stations.

Director of the commission, Idachaba Armstrong while speaking to 'TheCable' stated that the job of the commission was to tell broadcast stations to ensure the songs and videos were fit for broadcast before airing them.

According to Armstrong, it was the responsibility of broadcasters to ensure songs with offensive vulgar lyrics were not aired.

Armstrong said;

"First of all, NBC is a commission, not a corporation. Nobody at NBC issued a statement to the effect. We can’t be issuing a statement on every album released in his country. The broadcaster has the responsibility to do the needful".

"NBC does not ban songs, we don’t have any business with the artistes. It is left for NBC to tell stations to ensure the songs and videos are fit for broadcast before putting them on air".

"The whole idea of offensive vulgar lyrics. It is the responsibility of broadcasters to ensure they don’t come on air”.

“They are supposed to do what is called gate-keeping and they should have editorial control over their content but broadcasters now carelessly air songs without exercising that editorial discretion. They abdicate that responsibility and then expect us to start chasing them".

The NBC Director also admitted that although the songs in the list are actually offensive, they were meant for clubs.

Armstrong also warned that the commission would impose the necessary sanctions on broadcast stations that violate any of the broadcast code.

He added;

"I have reliably gathered that some of those songs are actually offensive, regarding the lyrics. Some of these songs are for clubs. These stations that should practice self-regulation are lazy and unprofessional in their conduct".

"We will impose the necessary sanctions on the stations. If the stations contravene any of the broadcast code, they will be fined. Once NBC picks it up, we call the stations to order and impose the necessary fine. First, we caution you, then impose a fine afterward, which can be between N50-N100k. But if they are recalcitrant, it can rise to N500k".

Meanwhile, Nigerian singer, Olamide has reacted to the tweet sent out by the Federal Ministry of Health in which they stated that the singer's video for his latest single 'Wo' was in violation of the Tobacco Control Act 2015.

Olamide stated that he had no intention of promoting tobacco to get people killed with the video of the song.

The 'Wavy Level' crooner wrote;

"No intentions of promoting tobacco to get people killed. I love my people, I love my country, one love, one Nigeria #ClearTheAir Oya Wo!"

Reports emerged on Tuesday that the National Broadcasting Commission had banned five Nigerians songs which include "Wo" and "Wavy Level" by Olamide, "Fall" and "If (Remix)" by Davido and "Living Things" by 9ice. [Read here if you missed it]

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