NUJ Meet, Want Govt To Address Insecurity, Hate Speech

NUJ Meet, Want Govt To Address Insecurity,  Hate Speech

By Ify Ashi,Umuahia

Nigeria Union of Journalists, zone C, South East  expressed worry over the recent activities in the country, especially the rate of killings and also advised that  the issue of hate speech be address before 2019 general election.

The Vice President south east, comrade Chris Isiguzo stated this at the opening ceremony of the zonal executive committee meeting which  he’d at Umuahia, Abia state with the theme:”The Media, Hate Speech and 2019 Polls”.

Speaking, Isiguzo said they have come to critically look into the issues affecting the nation and take a position. He called on the security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities and to bring to an end the incessant killings by Fulani herdsmen while he called on present Buhari  to visit the victims of herdsmen attacks and killings.

He expressed sadness that only eight States have supported local government autonomy while he called on States to prevail on their law makers to take definite steps on the amendment.

The vice president task media  to hold their government responsible and to protect those without voice in the society.

Speaking, the commissioner for information, chief John Okiyi Kalu call onNigerians to stop actions that would lead to hate speech, he used the occasion to admonished journalists to be  objective in their report at all times.

He revealed that governor Ikpeazu was changing the face of Abia, through the promotion of made in Aba products, pointing out that recently the state supply 50 thousand pairs of military booths to the army  and 25 thousand sandals to IDP camps ordered by the first lady of Nigeria.

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The commissioner further revealed that the state government in area of agriculture was doing well as the state had planted four million tenare of palm seedlings, revive it poultry farm and had maintained first position in WAEC for three consecutive years and gave his firm assurance that he would complete Abia NUJ Secretariat.

In a paper presentation, the former commissioner in Abia state, pastor Ralph Egbu asked that if the bill on hate speech was necessary or does it mean diverting from the current happenings in the country.

Chief Egbu noted that hate speech, leads to hate actions and that the both should be checked if peace must returned to the country, he named  the causes of hate speech to include marginalization, dominance by a section of the country, insecurity, Fulani herdsmen killings, injustice, favoritism, the physic of the south east after the civil war

He revealed that the country has been over militarized and suffocated adding that the country need urgent attention to cone out from this quagmire .

The former chief press secretary  to governor Orji Uzor Kalu revealed that for any country to move forward justice, equity and fairness is the first principle and all Nigerians should be interested in the project called Nigeria.

Egbu noted that at his age and time Nigeria was still talking about building  roads, water, electricity and schools, adding that with all the human intellect and resources Nigeria should have overcome  this challenges.

Adding that at this time Nigeria should be talking of how many doctors and academicians we have produced, how far we have gone in technology and mechanized farming.

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In their various contributions, the immediate past chairmen of NUJ Abia  and Enugu chapters   comrade Hyacinth Okorie and comrade Ossy  Feller Ogboso,  and Imo state chairman agreed that hate action leads to hate speech.

They maintained that hate speech started with this present administration adding that it is on record that former president Good luck Jonathan was the most abused president in Nigeria yet he did not intimidate anybody saying it is high time we begin to address the issue of inequality, injustice, nepotism and favoritism pointing out that when this is address instances of  hate speech would be reduced

The former correspondent chairman of Abia state, sir Peter Okorie admonished governors against using roads, water schools to campaign adding that Nigeria should have gone above this level, he call our leaders to give the people more quality projects.

In his contribution, Kogi state chairman of NUJ, Alhaji  Ali Adabo commended comrade Chris Isiguzo for organizing regular meetings in the zone, he said Nigeria should be united and avoid hate speech that would tear the country apart.

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