Again, Nigerian media have been urged to promote inclusion rather than sectarian inclusion for the country to overcome its current security challenges.
Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi made this call on Monday while speaking as the guest lecturer at the 6th Convocation Ceremony of the Nigeria Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba, Lagos which also doubled as the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the premier media training institution in the country.
Speaking on the entitled: “The Media, National Security and Nation Building,” Fayemi stressed that the narrow and one-dimensional militaristic orientation of the nation’s security establishment is inadequate to address the threats faced by the citizens.
Governor Fayemi who said the state governors are united in their clamour for multi-level policing, said the much taunted excuse that state governors would abuse state police or multi-level policing is not tenable, as the process can be regulated like other public institutions.
He pointed out that no effort should be spared in securing lives and properties lecture in the country, adding however, that the current security architecture needed to be improved on through multi-level policing.
The Ekiti Governor was of the view that for the media to understand the nature of the security challenges confronting the country and proffer solutions to them, an assessment of the political environment was crucial hence some questions have to be answered.
Fayemi opined that for the media to adequately perform its roles in promoting national security and nation building, it must be aware of the fact that the nation’s security sector now has a broader view than it used to be and a better understanding of its complexities.
To assist Nigeria in overcoming its security challenges, Fayemi advised the media to be more circumspect in reporting security issues, avoid exaggeration and be more responsible in the discharge of its constitutional duties to the populace.