*says fake news could plunge NIgeria into serious crisis
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Chairman Northern Speakers Forum/Speaker Kaduna State House Of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has tasked media practitioners to be patriotic and put NIgeria first in their line of reportage.
Zailani expressed this, while speaking at the NIgeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zone A (North West) Maiden Roundtable/Zonal Meeting At Arewa House, Kaduna On Saturday April 10, 2021.
“As Media practitioners, the zeal to report only verifiable information to the public with all sincerity of purpose and a patriotic mindset is key to pulling us out of the woods.
“We should put Nigeria first and keep to the core ethics of the profession, balance, objectivity, fairness, factual and set agenda that will make Nigeria to brace up her role as giant of Africa,” he said.
Represented by an ally, Comrade Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, Zailani said that he was delighted to be given the rare privilege to be one of those granted opportunity to deliver goodwill message at the important roundtable discussion, since the media is an integral part of the society that plays a crucial role in shaping discourse that can either enhance it’s growth or limit its potentials.
“The NIgerian media, since independence has played a remarkable role in country’s development and stands tall not just in Africa, but globally.
“We are all witnesses to the sacrifices of Media practitioners in ensuring the entrenchment of democracy in our dear country Nigeria, with some, losing their lives, while others who were lucky, serve jail terms for daring to challenge perceived injustices,” he said.
Speaking further, he said that recent happenings in the media circle however, are threatening the successes recorded through the proliferation of fake news which is a dangerous trend, capable of setting the nation on fire.
“This is why the theme of this roundtable, “Fake News, Governance and Society” is apt and well thought out, bearing in mind prevailing conditions gaining roots from insecurity challenges in the Country.
“There is no part of the country that is not grappling with insecurity.
“You will agree with me however, that the response to these crimes from the media in different parts of the country is what makes its prevalence to either reduce or gain proportion,” he said.
He argued that there is no race or ethnic group that does not have criminal elements.
“Criminality knows no language or religion. A criminal is a criminal and must be labelled so, not by lumping others of the same ethnic group or religion of the criminal through profiling or stereotyping.
“The Nigerian media must brace up and take the challenge of ridding our country of criminals, without creating hatred or animosity towards a particular group of people,” he said.
The Chairman Northern Speakers Forum warned that fake news could plunge NIgeria into serious crisis.
“Dangers of fake news perhaps, makes the insecurity problem worse through creating panic, apprehension and genocidal tendencies that could plunge the nation into serious crisis,” he warned.