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Muslim media practitioners, students condemn Jos killings

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

LAGOS — As the victims of the last attack on the people of Jos count their losses, Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria, MMPN, yesterday urged the security agencies to be more alert in the discharge of their duties.

This was coming as the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State expressed dissatisfaction and regret over the latest killings, especially targeted at women and children.

Rising from its monthly meeting in Abuja, the Muslim media practitioners in its seven-point communiqué called on the media houses to be objective and fair to all concerned in reporting the crisis.

“As an umpire, our duty is to be fair, just and balance in our reportage of any event, not only in the Jos crisis, but any other matter or event  in line with the ethics of the journalism profession,” it said.

The Communiqué signed by Alhaji Abdur_Rahman Balogun, Chairman and Abass Jimoh, secretary of the Association, equally advised media practitioners to always authenticate their facts before publication.

It stated, “In as much as the whole world knows that the crisis in Jos was not a religious one, it will not be in the collective interest of adherents of Islam and Christianity who have been living peacefully together in the country, for anyone to link the crisis in Jos to religion.”

The group advised Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Plateau and other parts of the country to continue to live in peace and harmony as dictated by the two religions in their various Holy books.

In a statement signed by Qasim Badrudeen Abdul Hakeem Ogunmuyiwa and Abdul Hakeem, the President and  Public Relations Officer of the MSSN respectively, the students condemned the killings in its entirety, stating that live is sacred and only God can take life and also give life.

The MSSN said: “As we know, live is sacred and God frowns at taking any soul without a just cause. As human beings, we cannot create a single fly, why then should people perpetrate such inhuman act without remorse.”


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