Over the weekend the Minister of Information – Lai Mohammed on behalf of the FG called for the ban of movies, reality TV shows, music videos and music by Nigerian entertainers from being shot outside the country. He claimed this has denied the entertainment industry a greater development.

This totally uncalled for ban (especially in light of the plethora of issues plaguing the country), elicited strong responses from Naija entertainers with Peter Okoye of PSquare having some very harsh words for the FG. He tweeted,

His twin and older brother pretty much echoed Peter’s sentiments…I mean so did most sane Nigerians. For goodness sakes! We have a president being treated in the UK for an undisclosed ailment and the kids of civil servants studying outside the country. So Mr Mohammed’s comments frankly sound preposterous!

As a result of PSquare’s “harsh” words, the APC Youth Congress as just called for the arrest of the popstars for “insulting” the government.

The National Secretary of the APC youths – Collins Edwin in a statement called Peter Okoye as a “son of darkness.” before urging “security agencies in the country to arrest Peter Okoye for disrespecting our government”

The statement reads,

We read the scurrilous remarks credited to Mr Peter Okoye of the Psquare group against the Federal Government’s job-saving policy in the entertainment industry with great anger and vexation. Least of all persons to make scathing remark against the government is the Psquare group which the local content policy of the Federal Government dusted-up from the valley of obscurity.

Where was Peter Okoye or Psquare brand in 1999 when foreign music dominated our airwaves? If not for the government policy which mandated all broadcast stations in Nigeria to pay attention to Nigerian music by playing 95 percent of Nigerian songs every day, would Peter Okoye or Psquare be known to anybody in Nigeria today?

Or would they have competed with better American music which dominated our airwaves then?

After the government have used its policy to brush them up from nothing to something; instead of giving opportunity to other people, they are taking Nigerian jobs to foreign countries through the shooting of music videos abroad. Now that government have intervened to raise great and better entertainers again, Peter Okoye has the gut to insult the entire Federal Government by calling our great leaders ‘Ndi Ala’ which means mad and stupid people. How dare you say that Psquare?
We, therefore, urge the security agencies in the country to arrest Mr Peter Okoye for disrespecting our government and bringing it to a disrepute.
If you cannot produce in Nigeria and hire Nigerians, then leave the industry. We must export Nigerian culture to the outside world through our music and videos.
A couple of hours ago Peter took to his Twitter page to respond to APC’s call for his arrest.

Seriously Nigeria has WAY too many problems for FG to be concerned about where PSquare and Wizkid shoot their videos! SMH
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