By Kingsley Agim
Journalists in the country have been charged to set the agenda for peaceful co-existence and imbibe the spirit of patriotism through their daily reportage, especially as Nigeria is set for the 2023 transition general elections.
The Chief Imam of Eastern Naval Command Central Mosque, Calabar, Lt. Commander Dawud Abdulhameed,gave the charge, today, during special prayers organised for Journalists as part of activities for the 2022 NUJ Media Week shortly after the weekly Jummat Prayers.
Abdulhameed, who is also the Chairman of Cross River State Council of Imams and Scholars, said the media must set the standard for a peaceful and united Nigeria by objective reportage, and also stimulate conscious political discourses that will strengthen the Unity of Nigeria.
The Islamic Scholar opined that the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria will be largely dependent on the critical role of the press, calling on media practitioners to help the country achieve a successful transition in 2023.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Cross River State Council, Comrade Nsa Gill, acknowledged the important role of the press in nation building, while toeing the general consensus on media involvement ahead of 2023.
Comrade Gill expressed confidence that the Nigerian press will not renege on the promise of making meaningful contributions to the nation’s democratic advancement.
The event which featured prayers for journalists and the nation at large, was well attended by the leadership and members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Cross River State Council.