The Chairman of the Chieftaincy Council of Arewa community in Alimosho local government in Lagos, HRH Alhaji Ahmed Haruna Kuraja, has charged the Nigerian media to always prioritise the principles of professionalism, fairness, justice and true development in their calling, especially now as the nation is navigating through trying times.
Citing recent uprisings bothering on security breaches in the south west region that resulted in the loss of lives and property, the royal father maintained that the place of the media in the management of all types of crisis stands tall but "a lot of the reportage about the cases across south west seem opinionated to the detriment of our collective good."
"I am unapologetically of the opinion that, anyone caught in disservice and brigandage under any guise and regardless of tribe and religion, be subjected to the full weight of the applicable laws of the land. Crime has no other name but crime, thus, coloration should be discouraged and discontinued by culpable media mills as this will promote better reportage to grow and develop our nation and ultimately move out of the current tangle we are battling with.
"I also sincerely applaud and commend the assembly of great and professional reporters who always put the country and our collective good and unity first in the discharge of their constitutional duties; I urge the disciplined ones to encourage a sanitation for our general good in Nigeria.
"Finally, I am again using this medium as always to call on the Arewa communities across south west Nigeria to discountenance alarmist media and triggers of the enemies of our country and remain law-abiding in the face of temptations to lose our cool; no good is begotten from anarchy as taught by Islam," he said.