The trending issue in the Big Brother Naija blogosphere in the past two weeks is the brewing tension between two popular housemates, Pere and Whitemoney.

From Pere using the Head of House (HOH) advantage to relegate Whitemoney from what he termed ‘the kitchen monopoly’ to other issues, the ugliest part of it was Monday night’s interaction between Whitemoney and Pere.

THE VENT REPUBLIC recalls that Pere had challenged Whitemoney to say what he was gossiping at his back, apparently overhearing a conversation Whitemoney had about him to other housemates and this led to a shouting march with the light-skinned Whitemoney insisting he did not say anything to warrant such animosity.

A lot of viewers were of the view that Pere’s action is tantamount to bullying but his management has in a statement on his official Instagram page debunked such insinuation. According to the statement, Pere’s attitude was unnecessary but not an act of bullying. Pere’s team further hinted that they may have been displeased by his actions, but it hasn’t translated to him actually bullying Whitemoney.

Read the full statement below:

The events of the last 24 hours, has stirred up mixed emotions, with a number of people expressing their displeasures and dislikes. Bullying of any form, for whatever reason, is unacceptable and we do not condone or support it. We however want to use this medium to express that whiles Pere’s actions were somewhat uncomfortable to watch, it was in no way an act of bullying.

He is undoubtedly the most misjudged and misrepresented character owing to the complexities and audacity of his personality. He is neither afraid to make a mistake, fail, or be misjudged. he wears an overwhelming air of confidence that can easily be interpreted. We must be careful not to swap confrontation for bullying just to play into a convenient narrative. Was the confrontation unnecessary? Yes. Was it bullying? Absolutely not.

Much like any other sport, Big Brother is a game. Take soccer for example once a formidable player is identified, the game strategy is for the team to consolidate its strongest defence on that player and frustrate their tact by any means necessary. This in no way suggests hate or animosity.”

One of Pere’s many strengths is to create situations that would provoke people to break character and reveal their other side. None of us is perfect and it is the multiplicity of emotional expressions that makes a well-rounded character, which makes for great TV.

Everything Pere has done since he set foot in the house, has been his strategic interpretation of playing the game.

It is not in our place to determine the superiority of his strategy. So, we must be open-minded to understand that all 22 housemates cannot act in the same way. Let every housemate play their game, let Pere play his own game. Love him, hate him, win or lose, at the end of the day, it’s just a game.

We all as individuals and collectively have a huge role to play in the sanity of these housemates, both in house and outside. The rivalry between the housemates, especially our Charge, has brought a lot of hate, death threats and curses and this is unacceptable behaviour. We believe that every responsible media platform whilst expressing their right to support whichever candidate they choose also has a moral and fairness obligation to ensure that their platform is not being used to harness violence and hatred towards a fellow human all in the name of a show.

To every Patriot and everyone who has been supporting Pere so far, thank you for your unwavering support. Going against the overwhelming tide is not an easy task so, we truly appreciate your loyalty. With your support, we would surmount any and every challenge to the very end.