The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) says it will sanction singer Tekno and use him as a scapegoat to teach others serious lesson.
Its Director-General, Olusegun Runsewe, made this assertion while reacting to the controversial music video in which Tekno paraded nude ladies dancing on a stripper pole in a transparent outdoor display truck inside Lagos traffic.
“No single person is bigger than Nigeria. We are going to use him as a scapegoat to send a strong signal that this government does not tolerate nonsense and immorality, but discipline, which is our moral principle,” Runsewe said.
He described the offensive video as disgusting. He expressed disappointment that in spite of the ongoing investigations into the anomalies, Tekno still went ahead to release the offensive video to the public.
“NCAC is committed to exposing proponents of such kinds of offensive sights and videos in Nigeria,” Runsewe said. The DG said that security agencies would be directed to place Tekno on watch list, adding, “his conduct is a threat to national security”.
Runsewe said: “Since the offensive Tekno scam video came to limelight, I have received hundreds of calls and SMS from Nigerians at home and abroad. They are querying why such anomaly could be tolerated in Nigeria. Now that he has released the shameful video when investigation is still ongoing, we are going to inform security agencies to place him on their watch list. Because his action is a threat to national security and bad influence on Nigerian youths. We warn that nudity is not part of our culture and should not be tolerated. The Federal Government will henceforth fish out such clubs for nude dancers across the country for their promoters to face prosecution.”
Runsewe said that Section 134 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State (2015) stipulates that an indecent act in a public place made parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years.
The Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency has since suspended the advertising agency, which owned the display truck used in shooting the video.