A picture shows presidential campaign posters of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-election for the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan and leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohamma ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Katsina - Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State has urged media practitioners in the state to ensure fairness during the coverage of the forthcoming general elections.
Shema made the call on Tuesday in Katsina during a one-day sensitisation workshop on "Violence-Free Election, The Twin Roles Of The Press And Police", organised by the Katsina State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Abdullahi Faskari, also urged the media to abide by the ethics of the profession.
He said this would help to ensure free and credible elections, devoid of violence.
He added that "journalists, politicians and the public owe it a duty to join hands with security agents to maintain peace during and after the forthcoming general elections."
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Shema said journalists should continue to promote peaceful coexistence in the discharge of their constitutional responsibility.
He noted that journalists were professionals and critical stakeholders in the country, and should avoid sensational reporting that might trigger violence during and after the polls.
He called on the public to understand that no meaningful development could be achieved without peace.
Earlier, the NUJ Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Yar’adua, had told the governor that the workshop was organised to sensitise journalists on the need for them to abide by the ethics of journalism during the elections.
He said 50 journalists were selected to take part in the workshop.