Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State yesterday asked the media to be objective in their reportage and declared that anyone found to be causing confusion in the state would not be spared by his administration.
He said emphasis should be on what would unite Nigerians while issues capable of dividing the state and the country were played down.
Addressing the executive members of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) who visited him at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, Governor Yero lamented that the people of the state now live in fear, suspicion and mutual distrust.
The governor said the state government embarked on the peace-building process in Southern Kaduna to engender mutual trust and harmonious co-existence among the people and hinted that? his meeting with the religious and community leaders, youth and other stakeholders would move to Kaduna North Senatorial zone next week and Kaduna Central Senatorial zone next month.
“We want to solicit for the assistance of the media in Kaduna State. Nigerians depend on the media for information and the stories and programmes you do, we want your cooperation in reporting what you have seen and not what you were told which may not be true. This is to ensure peace and unity among the people of the state.
“From the peace-building in Southern Kaduna, it was brought up that there is need for punishment and reward system, that if anybody is found guilty of any offence, the law should be allowed to take its course. People should not whip up religion, ethnic or whatever sentiments. No matter how highly placed people are, once they commit an offence the law should take its full course.”