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NBC Clears Waves On Falz's 'This is Nigeria' Ban

The National Broadcasting Commission has refuted the allegation that the ‘ban’ on Falz’s #ThisIsNigeria was based on a petition by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), stressing that the commission only responded to a song on a radio station because it had lyrics that were NTBB.

Director General of the NBC, Ishaq Midibbo-Kawu, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, said it was important to let Nigerians understand that NBC does not ban any song, but only reminds it’s licensees about categorisation of music which was usually decided by the lyrics of the song.

If a song is categorised, “Not To Be Broadcast” (NTBB) because of the lyrics of the song, then, we will remind the broadcasters that they cannot be broadcast. This is what it is misinterpreted in the social media that we banned the song,” he explained.

The D-G also said he had issued a press release to urge Nigerian artistes to have different versions of their songs, such that they could have a version that can be used for public broadcast space and another version for club usage which can carry all kinds of lyrics that they want.