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Buhari educates media houses on language usage, insecurity reportage

By Idowu Abdullahi

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged media houses across the country to remain conscious of their language usage and adhere religiously to other ethics of journalism while reporting insecurity situation bedeviling the country.

He argued that with the efforts been put in place by his administration to tackle pockets of insecurity, it was important for media houses and journalism professionals to revise the prefixes “rising insecurity” with “declining insecurity” in their reports.

The president noted that with the increased activities the Armed Forces, Police Force, and intelligence agencies have embarked upon to effectively respond to the security challenges in the nation, the media houses must endeavor to report accurately and be watchful of their content, and standards of reporting.

According to him, the government fully expects and intends for these trends to continue, and calls on the media to address the tone, content, and standards of reporting into security and safety measures.

Buhari made the appeal while felicitating with the Muslim Ummah, Nigerians of all faiths and the followers of Islam all over the world on the occasion of the Maulud-Un-Nabiyy, the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him through a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.

“The increased cooperation and collaboration from the citizenry, coupled with reinvigorated, dynamic, and energized police, security and military leadership is helping the administration score more victories against terror, criminality, and economic sabotage. The reality of declining insecurity should replace the inaccurate narrative of rising insecurity in the country.

“While there is work to do, the men and women in uniform who are helping the nation to achieve this goal, desire our collective appreciation and encouragement to do even more. The whole country and its mass communications systems have a duty in this regard,” the president said.

Addressing Nigerians on the public holiday, Buhari said, “I am delighted to send greetings of peace, unity and goodwill to the Muslim Ummah, fellow citizens and Muslims all over the world as they observe and celebrate Eid-ul- Maulud.”

The president urges Muslims to strive for “forgiveness and closeness to the noble life and teachings of the Prophet (SAW) whose birthday is being marked on this blessed day. On this auspicious occasion, I wish you all the blessings of today.”

Furthermore, president Buhari concludes his message by appealing to road users to drive with care and avoid needless accidents.

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