Social media inciting Nigerians, says NBC Director General

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The Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Modibbo Kawu, says the social media remains the biggest source of incitement and distribution of unsubstantiated crudely insensitive reports in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Kawu spoke in Sokoto on Tuesday at the opening of a two-day National Conference of Catholic Social and Communication Directors.

NAN also reports that the conference has as its theme:” The Nigerian Media: The Ethics of Reporting Violence in Nigeria.”

Represented by Armstrong Idachaba, a director in his office, Mr. Kawu said:” I must now draw our attention to the now evident – not emerging anymore – danger of the insensitivity of the social media.

“It does not even pretend to any ethical foundations and it does not give a damn about it. I will indulge us to investigate this disturbing trend.

“The role of the social media is adding salt to the injuries created by the lack of ethics by the media.”

Mr. Kawu reiterated that the media has a patriotic and professional role to play in reporting violence.

“In all, it must remember that beyond reporting, it must protect the sanctity and humanity of the Nigerian society at all time.

“It must be sensitive to the national ethos and the sanctity of humanity.”

Also speaking, the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, admonished journalists to always make honesty, patriotism and the love for peace and unity as their watchwords.

“Often, there is much anxiety as to how the media get their information for their reportage.

“The decisions journalists make can make countries to decide to go to war or not.

“Journalists must yet be respected, but they should work according to the ethics of their noble profession,” Mr. Kukah added.

A former Director-General of NBC, Danladi Bako, said “conflict can be induced or inflamed by the mischievous use and dissemination of false information, such that it can ignite or accelerate the spread of conflict.”

Mr. Bako, a former Information Commissioner in Sokoto State, delivered a paper entitled: Managing Information in Conflict Situations.

“Rumours come in here as information packaged by mischief makers. The information flow between the pre-conflict, conflict and post conflict periods are very crucial,” Mr. Bako said.

The Social Director, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Sixtus Onuh, explained that the conference would brainstorm on extant ethics of journalism and strict adherence to it by practitioner.

Participants at the conference were drawn from Catholic Provinces and Dioceses and media organisations from across Nigeria.

(NAN)


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  • Frank Bassey

    This is frivolous and arrant nonsense. Are they just discovering it? Was it not the tool strategically and massively employed against the government of GEJ? They have not seen anything yet.

    • Smart

      Nothing will be seen, they are carefully watching you and your cohorts,

    • Tola

      Unfortunately the consequences of the bigotry being peddled may not spare you. You people peddle falsehood in form of ‘alternative facts’. When EFCC uncovers fraud even when it is accepted by the culprit (claiming approval) you shout propaganda, but when it is fake news without any veracity, you are all over the place with it. You should understand no reasonable person takes you people serious, the danger is that you sow hatred that is dangerous for the nation because you lost an election.

  • kayode Olufade

    If you do no negative thing, social media has no power over you. Even if lies are reported against you the truth always has a way of shining forth, all that matters is time. When social media presence favors you it is good but when your dirty linen is being publicized it is evil. A hidden agreement with being on social media is, ‘you use social media be ready for all it brings, good or/and bad

  • buharrizona

    These people are bent on having the social media censored in Nigeria. The social media is the only avenue left for ordinary Nigerians to have their voices heard. I agree that it is being abused by some people, but we should not forget its positive aspects. Besides, I consider the complaints by our authorities as self-indictment because by now, they should have empowered the security agencies to identify and track the sources of fake and inciting messages on the platform.