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1000 die in struggle for chiefdom, says Yuguda

| June 12, 2013 More

RECURRENT disputes over land and chiefdom have claimed no fewer than 1,000 lives in Tafawa Balewa Local Council of Bauchi State, Governor Isa Yuguda has disclosed.

He noted that the crises, which dated back to 1958, were neither religious nor political, but squabbles over land and chiefdom, adding, however, that his administration had been able to create the chiefdom as possible solution to lasting peace in the area.

Yuguda, who spoke Tuesday during the 58th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) at the Yankari Resort and Safari in Bauchi, appealed to both Christians and Muslims to eschew all forms of violence and learn to live in peace with one another, since none of the religions in the country preaches violence.

According to the governor, the issue of security should be everybody’s concern, and “Nigeria must come together as one entity, reason and provide solutions to the problems of insurgence. It should not be left for one section or region alone, it is our collective business.”

Noting that the media are vehicles for cementing security, however, he lamented that the mass media have aggravated the problem of insurgency by refusing to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession.

“I can vividly recall when there was this rumour that the NYSC camp was attacked in Bauchi State, where over 50 corps members died,” he said. “When you opened the Internet, the story was everywhere and it was a horrible experience for Bauchi because the state was just recovering from a major crisis from the 2011 general elections, when some corps members lost their lives.

“The media tarnished the image of the state and heightened tension in such a way that the news was all over the country within 30 minutes. With this kind of scenario, how can we address insecurity?”

Yuguda, therefore, urged media organisations, especially the broadcast sector, to change their pattern of reporting in order to foster the bonds of unity among the people.

Also speaking at the occasion, National Security Adviser to the President, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), urged the mass media to avert conflict by rendering credible programmes to prevent people from seeking junk information from unqualified media outfits.

Dasuki, who was represented by the Director of Policy and Strategy, Ambassador Layiwola Olaseinde, lamented that some terrorists had used the media to propagate their activities, thereby abusing its essence.

Category: Bauchi State News

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