Benue crisis: FG caution against provocative statements

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The Nigerian government has called on the media and public commentators to exercise most extreme restraint in their coverage of the aftermaths of the current farmers/herders’ conflict in Benue. 

The Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who put forth the interest in an statement in Abuja on Saturday, January 13, forewarned against “incendiary comments, unrestrained use of pictures and footages that offended human sensibilities” in the coverage of the crisis, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

 The minister likewise advised against “finger pointing” that could complicate the situation and confound ongoing effort by the federal government to end the crisis 

Lai Mohammed said

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,” 

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