The former Senate Leader, and Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume has called on the journalists to exercise caution and ensure professionalism in reporting security issues in order to avoid escalation of insecurity in Nigeria.
Speaking to journalists in an interview shortly after the Senators met with the service chiefs in the red chamber on Thursday, Senator Ndume said media practitioners also have role to play in addressing the rising insecurity level in the country.
“Gentlemen as you are aware we met with the service chiefs and heads of security organizations in the country today.
“The meeting was held in closed door for about four hours, so you don’t expect me to tell you what we have discussed. But from our interactions, we understood that journalists also have major role to play in curbing insecurity in the country.
“You don’t carry pictures or videos of what happened in Syria and present them as if they happened in Nigeria.”
Ndume said security issues need collective commitment.
The Senate recently summoned the service chiefs over the insecurity in Nigeria.
The meeting was held in the closed doors for about four hours.
The Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan presided over the session.
Those who met with senators at the Senate Chamber on Thursday include Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye lrabor, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS); Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff (COAS); Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS); and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao, Chief of Air Staff (CAS).
Others include the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Mungono (rtd), Director General of of Department of State Service Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi among others.