Nigerian Government has appealed to the citizenry to exercise utmost restraint in their coverage of the fallouts of the recent farmers/herders’ clash in Benue. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Saturday, cautioned against “incendiary comments, unrestrained use of pictures and footages that offended human sensibilities”. The Minister also cautioned against “finger pointing” that could exacerbate the situation and complicate ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to end the crisis. He stressed that the media and commentators should be cautious of their coverage in order not to further inflame passion and worsen the situation.
Mohammed said that the Government is working hard to address the situation with a view to preventing a recurrence, not just in Benue State but everywhere across the country. ”Lest we are misunderstood, we are neither saying the media should not cover the crisis nor asking public commentators to desist from commenting on it.
“All we are saying is that both must be circumspect. ”The current poisoned atmosphere of incendiary comments, unrestrained use of pictures and footages that offend human sensibilities as well as finger pointing can only exacerbate the situation and complicate ongoing efforts to end the crisis,” he said.