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Published On: Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014

States of Emergency: NUJ urges Jonathan to retain governors

NUJ Nigerian Union of JournalistsThe national president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mohammed Garba has charged the Federal government to desist from plans intended towards dissolving the political structure of the states currently under emergency rule in the country.

Speaking during a press briefing at the NUJ press center, Utako, Abuja, Comrade Garba said the union was sure that the dissolution of the political structure in the affected states would further aggravate the problems rather than solve it.

According to the NUJ President, “The issue of security is a collective responsibility. We have to come together, and solve it as patriotic Nigerians.”

He called on the various tiers of government to work with security agencies to ensure synergy in the fight against terrorism.

“We are concerned with what we have heard from both the state government and the security agencies and federal government. Looking closely at the various responses from these arms, you will realize that there is a sort of sharp difference in the rate at which security agencies and the federal government addresses issues, strategically.

These differences are not supposed to be. If really the leaders of this nation want to address these issues, then there is need for synergy, and the pursuit of common course in the fight against terrorism. When a governor says something and the security agencies disagree, that is not a good sign, so we hope that at the National Security Council meeting that is coming on board, they should have strategies that will address this issue seriously”.

Speaking further, the NUJ President said Nigerian politicians should endeavor to focus on the county’s problem rather than politics. “We are also worried that instead of giving security the top priority most politicians are busy focusing on political agenda”, he stressed

He called on the media to be patriotic in its reportage. “It is very important for the Nigerian media to try as much as possible to be patriotic in its reportage. We should be on the same side with the Nigerian people and report without political affiliation”.

Comrade Garba attributed the insurgency in the North to unemployment, saying that poverty was part of the disturbing trend in the country.


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