The Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, says the social media has become the biggest source of incitement in the country.
In an address delivered at the opening of a two-day National Conference of Catholic Social and Communication Directors holding in Sokoto, he said the platform had also been a source of unsubstantiated and crudely insensitive reportage.
“It does not even pretend to have any ethical foundations and it does not give a damn about it. I will indulge us to interrogate this disturbing trend,” he stated.
Kawu, represented by a Director in NBC, Dr Armstrong Idachaba, said the media had a patriotic and professional role in reporting violence.
Delivering a paper on “Stolen Childhood: the Challenges of Children in Conflict Zones, Vanessa Offiong of the Media Trust Limited, underscored the importance of solution journalism as a means of addressing social challenges.
”The role of the social media is adding salt to the injuries created by the lack of ethics by the media.”
Kawu reiterated that the media has a patriotic and professional role to play in reporting violence.
” In all, it must remember that beyond reporting, it must protect the sanctity and humanity of the Nigerian society at all time.
”It must be sensitive to the national ethos and the sanctity of humanity.”
Also speaking, the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Kukah, admonished Journalists to always make honesty, patriotism and the love for peace and unity as their watchwords.