FG Warns Media, Public Commentators Over Benue Killings Coverage

The Nigerian Government has cautioned the media and public commentators to exercise utmost restraint in their coverage of the fallouts of the recent farmers/herders’ clash in Benue State.

The appeal is to avoid further worsening of the situation.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says while the government is working hard to address the situation with a view to preventing a recurrence, not just in Benue State but everywhere across the country, it behoves on the media and public commentators not to engage in actions that can aggravate the crisis.

”Lest we are misunderstood, we are neither saying the media should not cover the crisis nor asking public commentators to desist from commenting on it. All we are saying is that both must be circumspect.

”The current poisoned atmosphere of incendiary comments, unrestrained use of pictures and footages that offend human sensibilities as well as finger pointing can only exacerbate the situation and complicate ongoing efforts to end the crisis,” the minister said.

Alhaji Mohammed said the Nigerian Government was absolutely saddened by the loss of lives and the destruction of property resulting from the crisis, stressing that “President Muhammadu Buhari, in commiserating with the Benue Governor, unreservedly condemned the killings.”

He also assured Nigerians of the necessary security measures to prevent further attacks and bring the perpetrators to book.

The minister stated that said the Nigerian Government has also mapped out short and long-term solutions to the incessant clashes between farmers and herders, including a planned conference of stakeholders.

Alhaji Mohammed promised government’s strong determination to finding a lasting solution to the farmers/herders’ clashes in Nigeria.

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