Information Minister Tasks NIPR On National Peace And Security

From left – Retired Police Commissioner Emmanuel Ojukwu; Prof.
Emmanuel Dandaura of Nasarawa State University; General Manager NTA
Channel 5 Abuja, Mrs. Fatima Abbas Hassan; the President, Nigerian
Institute of Public Relations; Mr. Muktar Sirajo; Minister of
Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma,
Director Public Communication and National Orientation, Federal
Ministry of Information and Culture (extreme right) when the Governing
Council of NIPR paid a courtesy visit to the Minister in Abuja on
Monday.

Yemisi Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

called on the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), to speak out against those fanning the embers of disunity and discord in the country.

The Minister made the call in Abuja on Monday when he received the

President of NIPR, Mr. Muktar Sirajo and other members of the

Governing Council on a courtesy visit to his office, ahead of the

Institute’s Annual General Meeting in Bauchi on 20 May 2021.

“Each of us in our respective positions has a role to play to tone

down the rhetoric and reduce the tension (in the polity), and I am

glad that NIPR is lending its platform to work with the government to

ensure that we have a country, which is peaceful and which is secured.

“Without security there can be no development and that’s why this

administration is doing everything possible to return peace and

security across the country. This is where I think you can come in as

a body of NIPR that we must put the nation first,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed welcomed the NIPR’s offer to make available its

platform for a national engagement on national unity, peace and

security, saying this falls into the template of the town hall

meetings on topical issues, which have been institutionalized by the

Federal Government.

He also urged the NIPR to join the federal government in the fight

against fake news, saying the NIPR needs to rein in members who always

throw professional ethics to the wind for pecuniary gains in order to

advance fake narratives.

“You have a powerful platform to actually ensure that the menace of

fake news is confronted squarely. Regrettably, however, members of the

Institute have been found waiting. They most times place pecuniary

interests and motives above professional ethics and patriotism.

“If you recall the sad incident of the P&ID saga, it was a member of

this Institute, a firm of Public Relations Consultants, which was

hired to give the impression to the world that Nigeria indeed entered

into an agreement with P&ID and actually reneged, and as such Nigeria

should pay over US$9 billion. It took this Ministry and others to go

to the UK to actually change the narratives,” the Minister said.

In his remarks, the President of NIPR, Mr. Sirajo, decried the

politicization of the security situation in the country by

politicians, saying the issue of security is beyond politics.

He said the NIPR is ready to provide a platform for national dialogue

on peace and security in order to secure a consensus on the unity of

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