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Journalists challenged over security reportage

10 May 2013, 09:06

Abuja- The Nigerian media has been advised to see the problem of ‘Boko Haram’ or Niger Delta militants as national problems but not as a northern or southern, Muslim or Christian problems.

Dr Auwal Anwar, a renowned academician, stated this in Abuja on Thursday at a workshop titled ``Effective understanding and Reporting of Terrorism’’.

The workshop was organised by the office of the National Security Adviser, for media practitioners.

He explained that the media had a central role to play in restoration of law and order through patriotic reportage devoid of ethno-religious and sectional sentiments.

Anwar urged the media to view security matters, especially break down of law, from a patriotic point of view regardless of the section, ethnic group or religious backgrounds of the areas affected.

Anwar explained that the basic needs of peace and security, food, shelter, clothing of a Yoruba man were the same with that of an Igbo and Hausa man.

Dr Fatima Akilu, Director in the office of the National Security Adviser, regretted that sentimental media reports on security challenges had created a distance between areas affected and other parts of the country.

“We need to change and to see ourselves as Nigerians and, treat national issues with a sense of collective responsibility” she added.

Martin Oloja, editor of The Guardian Newspapers, noted that Radio, Television and print media were facing increasing challenges from the social media network.

He expressed the need for practitioners to remain committed to remain relevant.


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