By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Honourable Samuel Aruwan, on Saturday said the future of Nigeria’s development, peaceful coexistence lies with the media.
He stated this at the opene of a one-day capacity building workshop for Journalists with theme: ”News Reporting For National Stability” in Kaduna.
While noting that the media is more powerful than the sword, Aruwan, urged Journalists to dwell more on investigating issues, to assist security agencies bring to an end security challenges in the country.
“I am expecting the media to investigate to unravel who funds the logistics, fuel, bikes and others for bandits.
“Others believe that the media is part of our problem. I would be very frank. The media is a sensitive organ. The media sets agenda and if it is a good agenda that would ensure stability and peace the society would follow.
“I believe that the media should uphold credibility and work hard towards attaining credibility.
“We must put interests aside and look at the lives that are at stake, and go beyond sentiments. But in a situation where the media is becoming political, it would lose credibility,” he cautioned.
The media must be neutral at all times, stay in the middle, but also consider our common good.
The Commissioner further said that Nigeria’s problems involves all and sundry, hence, Journalists must be factual, removes interests that are religious or political in their reportage.
“I think we should focus on how to surmount security challenges, than take sides.”
He informed that the State Government in its resolve to ensure all round security, has established a 24-hour centre on security challenges.
“In the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, our doors are wide open, if there is anything you know to improve our security, we are willing to listen,” he said.
The workshop was organised by NonViolent Peace Institute in collaboration with Absolute Press, (AP).