Securirty: Guild of Editors tasks FG on intelligence gathering
On January 30, 2012 · In News

Nigerian Guild of Editors, Sunday, condemned the destruction of lives and property in the country and called on the Federal Government to improve on its intelligence gathering to pre-empt continued killings of innocent Nigerians by the Islamic Boko Haram sect.

The guild in a communiqué after its 2012 first quarter Standing Committee in Sokoto State, also sympathised with families of victims of various acts of violence and terrorism in which many professionals, including journalists, have lost their lives.

The communiqué by Mr Gbenga Adefaye, President of the guild and its Secretary, Mr Isaac Ighure, expressed concern over the security situation in the country and urged Nigerians to provide security agencies with information to unmask the masterminds of terrorism and violence.

The guild also urged the government to address fundamental issues of corruption, injustice, unemployment, good governance and, in similar vein, take steps to understand  the motives of the perpetrators of violent attacks and acts of terror.

It said: “On the state of the nation, we support the ongoing probe in the oil sector, and urge the National Assembly to ensure that the exercise is pursued to a logical conclusion. We also express concern over the seeming tardiness in the nation’s judiciary as exemplified by the Supreme Court’s judgment on tenure elongation of five governors delivered on January 27, and call for speedy dispensation of cases before the courts.  Justice delayed is justice denied.

“The Guild decries persistent strikes by Academic Staff Union of Universities and the attendant implication on the development of the education sector and calls on the Federal Government and ASUU to ensure immediate resolution of the crises. We also  call for restraint on the part of journalists in the reportage of sensitive national issues so as not to endanger the corporate existence, unity and peace of the nation.”

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