by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ) Plateau State Council has condemned in strong terms the unfortunate incident that occurred in Jos on Saturday where 22 commuters were confirmed killed with many others injured.
A statement signed by the Council Chairman, Paul Jatua, and Secretary, Peter Amine, averred that, “The NUJ is deeply saddened by the incident, which is capable of worsening the volatile security situation in Plateau State and Nigeria in general.”
The Council urges security agencies to do their best to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to justice so as to serve as deterrent to anyone contemplating unleashing violence in the state.
The Council, however, wishes to advice security agencies that in trying to discharge their responsibility of containing the situation and dousing the palpable tension, they should avoid statements that would further polarize the society, pitching a religion or an ethnic group against the other(s).
It is regrettable that a statement credited to a credible security outfit named a tribe as being responsible for the attack. It is also worrisome that a religion was also identified as the victims of the attack.
Journalists, on their part, must tow the path of caution and exercise high level of professionalism, in order not to worsen an already bad situation and must avoid stories that are capable of inciting a section of the society against the other.
We must bear in mind that nobody would be spared, if the state and nation is plunged into anarchy, chaos or lawlessness, and we must be professional, cautious and verify our stories before going to press.
The NUJ sympathizes with families of those, who lost their loved ones. While praying for the repose of the soul of those killed, we pray for the fast recovery of those that were injured.