24 May 2021 By Josiah Buzun
Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christians Pilgrims Commission, Reverend Yakubu Pam has urged Journalists in the country to be cautious on their reportage so as not to overheat the polity.
Reverend Pam stated this while delivering a sermon at the thanksgiving service of the Correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Plateau State Council at the COCIN Church, Gigiring, Jos.
Speaking on The Role of the Media in Peace Building: The Biblical Perspective, Reverend Pam said Journalists in the country should know that as purveyors of justice, the society was looking up to them on how to positively potray the country before the eyes of the international community.
Taking his text from the book of Isaiah Chapter fifty two verse Seven, Reverend Pam said journalism did not start today but had been there for ages from the biblical accounts of what took place as cited in the scriptures.
The Executive Secretary was of the opinion that the social media had done more damage to the nation, but said it was the responsibility of journalists to safeguard the nation’s integrity through their reportage.
He cautioned those bent on destabilizing the country to have a rethink as any out break of war would lead to wanton destruction of lives and property.
He said sensational reportage always inflame tension, conflict and insecurity, stressing that religious leaders and journalists have a role to play when it comes to peace building.
The Pastor in-charge of COCIN Church Gigiring, Reverend Williams Istifanus, also charged journalists to fight injustice, disunity and nepotism through professional reporting.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, represented by Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Mr Slyvanus Tagun commended journalists in the State for portraying the state in good light.
Earlier, Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel in Plateau state, Mr Gyang Bere, who said the Thanksgiving was to appreciate God for His grace in protecting members from harm in the cause of carrying out their responsibilities as journalists charged them to adhere to ethics of the profession.
A Sharon bus which was recently purchased by the Correspondents Chapel was dedicated by Deputy General Secretary of COCIN Reverend Dauda Jimra.