By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Federal government of Nigeria has been advised to urgently deploy resources to end the rampant cases of rapes through research, saying the trend is allien to the country and required social investigation or research.
Participant made the suggestion during the Monthly Forum with media on Peace Journalism organized by lnterfaith Mediation Center, IMC, Kaduna, saying that lack of Government proactive intervention to conflicts and killings responsible for escalation and revenge attacks occuring all over the country.
The participants also noted that, inability to bring culprits to book to face the full wrath of the law by government, over the years, could manifested to circle of anarchy and wide spread animosity, and lead criminalities, insurgence and even terrorism. Participants at the forum however observed that most social media journalists in Nigeria are not abiding by the ethics and principles of the noble profession as they indulge in publishing sensational news which ended up in causing harms to members of the public.
They advised that practicing journalist in the country should always cross check their information and facts and be sure of the credibility of their source of news before going to the press so as to avoid causing more havoc in the society.
While they prayed God Almighty to judge any social media journalists especially in Nigeria that publish any news which harm members of the public, They called on the main stream media practicing journalists in Nigeria to always put the country first in their heart when discharging their social responsibility as well as publish news of peaceful coexistence, so that Nigeria can forge ahead as an entity..
They also lamented the high level of rape cases in Nigeria and called on the authorities concenced to take positive action in order to end the menace in Nigeria as a whole through research that would unraveled the menace.
Participants stressed that there is urgent need for the practicing journalists in Nigeria to dig deep by conducting investigation into the causes of rape in Nigeria to determine whether or not ritualism and or sex starvation are the major factor or reasons with a view to ascertain if whether governance and leadership also responsible. The forum statement was coordinated by: Pastor Dr. James Movel Wuye and Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa who are the Co-Executive Directors of the IMC, Kaduna State. End