ABUJA/Nigeria: The presidency has warned the media to stop publishing news reports and articles capable of inciting the people to take arms against another.
Briefing journalists at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu lamented the use of derogatory words against President Muhammadu Buhari by a section of the media in their reporting insinuating that the President was a murderer.
He said that President Buhari was not a murderer, emphatically stated that the President was fully committed to the protection of lives and property of the citizenry.
He condemned a newspaper lead story that stated, “Red alert: Expect more bloodshed in Benue.”
The paper had reported a threat allegedly issued by the Deputy National President of Miyatti Allah where he was quoted as saying that more blood will flow if the Anti Open Grazing Law in Benue State was not repealed.
He also condemned a columnist with the same paper who he accused of using foul language against the person of the President.
Maintaining that the President did not deserve what he described as gutter language from the media, the presidential spokesman said it was uncharitable for people to desecrate the office of the President and warned against any act of lawlessness and people riding roughshod against government.