JNI: Media should help maintain peace by reporting to douse tension …. northern youth and Muslims to eschew bitterness

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By: Joy Odor/Kaduna

The Jama’tul Nasir Islam (JNI) has called on the northern youth and Muslims all over the country to eschew bitterness and calm their mental strain over any grievances having towards any group or individual for the betterment of the country.

The Secretary General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar who stated this while addressing newsmen at a press conference its Headquarters in Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria on Friday, said it has become imperative for JNI as an Islamic body with the mandate to always ensuring the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.

Dr. Abubakar informed that the security of citizens should always be at the top list of the government, adding that the citizens should also show some level of trust in the leadership of the government and its constitution.

According to him, “Our country is passing through trying time. We need peace, dialogue to lead whatever complains in the sociopolitical domain of this country”.

He further explained that country like Sudan has already been destabilized by war, saying Nigeria as a country should take lesson from what happened to Sudan.

“We are in the northern part of the country and we are already talking to the youth to be calm and shun violence. We also expected that leaders in the southern part of Nigeria should follow suit by talking to their youth to eschew bitterness and embraced peace for a united Nigeria,” he said.

He added: “Media should help to maintain peaceful co-existence of Nigeria by reporting to douse tension at all times. Journalism should always uphold the ethical values that the profession is known for. All wars and misunderstanding emanate from hate speeches”, he concluded.

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