Daily Trust (Abuja)

17 November 2012

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Rep Cautions Media Against Sensationalism

Ado-Ekiti — Rep Opeyemi Bamidele representing Ado/Irepodun/Ifelodun federal constituency in the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly, has cautioned the media to avoid undue sensationalism and misleading headlines when reporting the activities of terrorist groups in the country.

The lawmaker also said that the federal government should go beyond negotiating with the dreaded Boko Haram sect by finding a permanent solution to poverty and unemployment ravaging the nation.

He said government plans to dialogue with the militant group would amount to futility unless the two issues were adequately addressed.

Hon Bamidele, in a lecture entitled "Nigerian Media and the Emerging Trends of Terrorism" he delivered yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state as part of activities to mark the Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ekiti Council, said even though journalists had a constitutional duty to report events in the country but that they should exercise restraint in order not to stunt the growth of the nation's fragile democracy.

The lawmaker also advocated adequate funding of the security agencies and stop unhealthy rivalry among them, saying this would help to further reinforce the level of security in the land.

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