Nigeria–By Lola Seriki-Idahosa, Kaduna In a bid to tackle frequent trigger to spread of some of the crises in Kaduna state and Nigeria in general, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) facilitated dialogue in media engagement on sensitive and volatile topics to put an end to crises.
By putting an end to some of these crises will assist the public to understand volatile issues.
Kaduna State being the third most populus in Nigeria with its high number of media houses and practitioners, no doubt has trigger some crises in the state and also the country in general.
The dialogue with topic, ‘ Media Engagement On Sensitive And Volatile Topics’ has over fifteen media houses in attendance, held at the Aid Foundation conference hall, kaduna, North-West Nigeria on the 7th February 2019.
Speaking during the dialogue Mr. Reuben Buhari, former Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity to late Governor Patrick Yakowa said the essence of the dialogue was to suppress hate speech in our reports and promoting National interest in our reports as a priority.
He cited example from Rwandan, the role the media play in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi which the media amplified issues that would have been suppressed.
Mr Reuben said the only way to enjoy peace in kaduna state is for media practitioners to have the stability of the country at heart.
While making his remarks, Executive Director of Aid foundation, Emmanuel Bonet, noted that the unity of the country should always be at the back of our mind when reporting any sensitive and volatile stories.
“Most times, it is what we write that trigger to the spread of some of the crises that have been witnessed in the state”.
“As elections draw closer, What we want is a peaceful elections, and it is what we can achieve,” he said.
He added that his Foundation will continue to works with the media because of the role they play in the country.
The media practitioners therefore made some presentations on how the media owners, editors and reporters can properly play their roles without interference.
It was however agreed that the media should first consider the stability of the country, promotion of National interest and adhere to the ethics of the profession.
USIP is tasked with promoting conflict resolution and prevention Worldwide, it provide research, analysis and training to individuals in diplomacy, mediation and other peace- building measures.