The Kaduna State Peace Commission (KAPECOM) and Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) have enjoined journalists to be objective on conflict and sensitive stories with a view to enhancing peaceful coexistence in the state.
The leadership of the state peace commission also urged media executives and journalists to shun any reportage that would trigger conflicts in the state and country.
A communiqué issued by the co-executive of the Interfaith Mediation Centre, Pastor Dr James Movel Wuye and Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa, and the Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Dr. Sale Momale, at the end of the monthly forum with media on Peace Journalism stated that attempt should be made not to impede on the rights of the media on the happenings but should ensure that the reports do not further destabilize any segment of the society or led to reprisal attacks.
It stated that the media has a major role to play of downplaying conflicts reports so that peace could reign in the state.
The participants further called on the Kaduna State Peace Commission to organize bi-annual training for editors and reporters on peace journalism, so as to continue to enjoy peaceful coexistence in the state.
It emphasized the need for interreligious and intercultural harmony, saying that there is the need to consider each other as brother’s keepers for peace, unity, and development in the state.
The communique noted, “There is an urgent need for the authorities concerned in Kaduna and the country at large to regulate the activities of the social media as they have exaggerated conflicts in their reportage in the country.”
The Commission pledged to work with the media practitioners in the state, especially in ending the problems in the state as regards insecurity and conflicts.
It appreciated the successful operations of the military and security agencies most especially in the North West, the participants lamented the danger and havoc caused by fleeing bandits from other neighbouring states to Kaduna, with the urgent need to do more in securing the state.
The participants further frowned at the new strategy used by criminals in kidnapping people in their various communities and the need for people to be organized and vigilant to curb the current trend.
Speakers and participants further urged media practitioners in the state to engage peace models in communities so as to continue to use their positive interventions as models of peace in the state.
EndSARS: No Peace Without Justice, Eedris Abdulkareem To Sanwo-Olu
Nigerian Music legend, Eedris Abdulkareem has condemned Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over his invitation for a peace walk in Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu, in a speech on Tuesday on the Lekki shootings of October 20, 2020, said he will be leading a Walk for Peace in December to herald the “healing of our land”.
“Let me use this occasion to extend an open invitation to our youths, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society groups, students, and the media as well as other stakeholders to join me,” he said.
He specifically extended invitations to Falana, Adebayo, Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya (Segalink), Adedotun (Just Detoun), Seun Kuti; Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu; and Commander of Rapid Response Squad CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others to join him in the “historic march for our dear Lagos.”
Falz and Mr Macaroni have since rejected the invitation as they demanded justice of those allegedly killed during the EndSARS protest before peace can be restored.
Eedris, taking to his Instagram page described the invitation for the walk of peace as being dead on arrival.
According to him, no amount of walking can get Nigeria to the destination of peace without the route of justice.
His post read, “Dead On Arrival; No amount of walking can get us to the destination of peace without taking the honourable route of justice.
“Sanwo-Olu your walk of peace is dead on arrival.”
BREAKING: Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Soludo’s Disqualification As Anambra Governor-elect
A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governor-elect of Anambra State.
Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo, in a judgment, described the suit as frivolous, irritating, and lacking in merit.
The judge awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against the two plaintiffs to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Ibezim.
‘Why We Will Allow ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Terrorists To Go Scot-free’—Borno Gov
Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has said the state government will not prosecute ‘repentant’ Boko Haram insurgents.
While presenting the 2022 budget at the State House Of Assembly on Tuesday, Zulum said terrorists will not be encouraged to eschew violence if they see ‘repentant’ ones being prosecuted.
Addressing the House of Assembly, the governor said, “Mr. Speaker, honourable members, we need Allah’s guidance and the utmost wisdom to work for an end to the crisis facing our dear state.
“Prosecuting all the criminals (insurgents) would have been most appropriate but if we insist on it, we would discourage others out there that are willing to lay down their arms.
“The terrorists’ ranks could swell and our innocent fellow citizens, particularly those in local government areas, could become more vulnerable to attacks and abductions.”
Noting that the exercise to de-radicalise terrorists is being handled by security forces, Zulum said the initiative does not give terrorists the freedom to kill and immediately seek pardon.
He said none of the ‘repentant’ terrorists had been reintegrated into society yet, adding that terrorists willing to surrender must immediately “stop further attacks on civilians, security agents and facilities”.
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