The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, His Grace, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama has tasked Media practitioners to use the Media to promote National Unity.
Speaking during the thanksgiving Mass to mark this years World Communication Day celebration at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria in Abuja, Bishop Kaigama said the Media can build and the Media can also destroy. He said Information is very important when properly communicated.
He said the Media is often been used to create violence and prejudice, stressing that in communicating there must be respect for objectivity, respect for human rights and avoid creating anarchy.
He also had some advise advice to politicians. He said election must be peaceful and non manipulative. He condemned the idea of winning by crook or by force, pointing out that winner takes all syndrome encourages electoral violence.
He declared that whatever it is that politicians are doing in the area of politics, they are expected to solve society’s problems and provide the basic necessities of life, which according to him is the least thing that citizens of the country expect.
He said we should that in 2023 elections ‘our vote must count’. He called on political leaders especially the elected leaders to be more patriotic and that if political leaders do their jobs Religious leaders will not ‘poke nose’ in their affairs.
He also had a word of advise for Religious leaders whom he said should mind the way they talk and say whatever they intend to say in a responsible manner ‘without using incendiary words and words that are capable of hurting of hurting others.