Several online platforms have widely reported that the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC had banned ‘Wo’ and Wavy Level’ by Olamide; Davido’s remix of ‘If’ and 9ice’s ‘Living Things’.
Last Friday, in a message posted on Twitter, the ministry kicked against the video of ‘Wo’, released a few days ago and described the content as contravening the Tobacco Control Act of 2015.
The National Broadcasting Commission has, however, denied banning the artistes’ songs.
It said the news on the alleged ban came from a fake website linked to the ‘Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation.’
Spokesman for the commission, Antia Ekanem, stated this in a text message to one of Punch Newspapers correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday night.
“What you saw on that website was fake. It is not from the NBC. What you saw there is ‘Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation’ and not the ‘National Broadcasting Commission,” he said.
Also, The Federal Ministry of Health had in a tweet accused the rapper of promoting tobacco use in the country, violating the 2015 Tobacco Control Act.
Reacting to the alleged ban, Olamide had said that he never intended to cause harm to music fans with the song.
He tweeted on Tuesday, “No intentions of promoting tobacco to get people killed. I love my people, I love my country. One love, one Nigeria.”