Amid rising considerations over the Afghanistan disaster, the Affiliation of Journalists for United Nigeria, higher referred to as Journalists for United Nigeria (JUN), has urged Nigerians to first search the peace, unity, and safety of their nation.
This comes after the unsavoury scenes from Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of the nation’s authorities.
In the meantime, Western nations have scrambled to evacuate their residents from an more and more chaotic Kabul airport whereas different Afghan residents have additionally been in search of to flee the nation for worry of a brutal rule by the militants.
In an announcement on Tuesday, the convener of the group, Fredrick Nwabufo, famous that the straightforward transition of energy to the Taliban in Afghanistan regardless of many years of army assist by highly effective international locations ought to warning Nigerians, notably those that are bent on international intervention.
He stated, “There isn’t any salvation within the West or within the East; we Nigerians are the potter, we should construct Nigeria with our personal fingers.”
The assertion partly learn, “The occasions within the nation not too long ago name for patriots to stand up and maintain the fort. We can’t palliate the enormity of the challenges that confront us as a individuals as we speak. We’ve got come to a degree the place all residents, statesmen, and girls, younger and previous, should maintain out fingers and forge a typical fist to take care of these existential threats.
“We should embrace peace-building as a path to peace in our communities. We want state safety, however it’s a lot simpler when we aren’t propagating hate and division.
“Nigeria is ours. Nigeria is price combating for. As a peace and nationwide unity advocate, the Affiliation of Journalists for United Nigeria (JUN), higher referred to as Journalists for United Nigeria (JUN), calls on all Nigerians and significant stakeholders within the nation to make the pursuit of peace at this tempestuous epoch in our evolution a bounden obligation.”
The group additional urged all self-determination teams within the nation to embrace peaceable strategies because it emphasised that self-determination is a common proper. Nevertheless, it famous that “taking on arms to kill residents and safety brokers pivots on the bounds of terrorism.”
JUN suggested that Nigerians make calls for utilizing constitutional strategies to take care of peace because it known as on the federal government to make use of peace-building initiatives the place essential to keep away from a disaster.
‘’JUN, a gaggle dedicated to peace-building, nationwide cohesion, and progress, notes the agitations for secession in some sections of the nation. Whereas it’s inside the rights of anybody to agitate and search self-determination, violence, and coercion in any kind, shouldn’t be a part of any righteous advocacy.
‘’We should denounce violence in all varieties by all actors. Violence shouldn’t be discovered among the many civilised human species. Violence achieves nothing however dying, damaged bones, and spilt blood. When agitations lead to lack of lives and property, the state naturally will transfer to revive order.
“We wish to emphasise that self-determination is a common proper, however taking on arms to kill residents and safety brokers pivots on the bounds of terrorism. All Nigerians ought to pursue constitutional means in no matter they search. The price of battle is bigger than the value of peace. There aren’t any actual victors in a battle — solely dying and destruction.
“We acknowledge a number of the elementary points behind these agitations – social inequality, poverty, unemployment, injustice, and corruption. These are points affecting all of the individuals of Nigeria. Each Nigerian is marginalised. And this can be a consequence of management failure over time. We ask the federal government to look into the underlying causes of those agitations – past deploying drive. We can’t efficiently deal with metastasising most cancers if we don’t surgically tackle the foundation causes.
“We propose that the federal government make use of peace-building initiatives, dialogue the place obligatory, and maintain out the olive department when practicable.
“Part 24b of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) says ‘it shall be the obligation of each citizen to assist to boost the ability, status and good title of Nigeria, defend Nigeria’. JUN attracts its mandate from this part of the structure.
“Journalists for United Nigeria (JUN) is strictly non-partisan; not a stress or foyer group, however a think-factory to attach minds within the media who’re dedicated to a united Nigeria.
“We consider the media possesses a number of the brightest minds. JUN is kind of a dialogue discussion board for like-minded individuals. It’s non-partisan; it’s not a stress group. It’s not a foyer group; it’s not a political group. It’s a discussion board the place journalists can converge to alternate concepts and opinions on find out how to strengthen nationwide unity
“We want in abundance residents who could be Nigerians. It’s our view that solely journalists match into this. By advantage of being women and men of the pen, we form opinions and narratives. The sustenance of our unity rests largely in our fingers. We should rise to the event and mobilise each the political class and the populace to imbibe our togetherness. We’ve got no different nation however Nigeria. Allow us to, via our occupation, lead by instance.
“We wish to be emphatic right here; this group was conceived out of a powerful want for the peace and progress of Nigeria. We consider we’re stronger collectively.
“Once more, JUN is solely voluntary for Nigerian journalists. No monetary rewards by any means; apart from the psychological fulfilment that comes from realizing you might be contributing to the peace and development of your nation.
“We attraction to all Nigerians to place the unity, peace, and safety of Nigeria first of their engagements, public statements, and actions.”
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