Nigerian Media practitioners on Thursday declared February 14 as National Media Peace Day as part of efforts to engender violence free 2019 elections.
The theme of the Peace Day is “Nigeria Media Peace Day: Think Election, Think Peace.”
Practitioners from the print, broadcast and the new media made the declaration at a two-day media meeting organized under the auspices of an international Non-Govermental Organization, Search for Common Ground at the weekend in Abuja.
President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Christopher Isiguzo who read the declaration at the meeting, directed all State Council to mark the date.
The meeting however expressed apprehension about the proliferation of small arms, thuggery, hate speech and fake news and urged media practitioners and political actors to apply caution.
The meeting also expressed concern about the fate of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups taking part in the electioneering process and therefore urged election management bodies, to address the issue with the seriousness it deserves.
The media participants also enjoined all stakeholders and actors in the process to put Nigeria first in all their actions in the build-up to the 2019 general elections and beyond.
The Nigerian media practitioners further committed to disseminating news items, feature stories, analysis and talk shows that would promote peace.