Ahead of 2023 general elections, the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) has advised journalists to fear Allah in their reportage of the elections by being objective irrespective of their political leanings.
In a statement issued in Abuja by the National President, Abdur-Rahman Balogun reminded Journalists of the ethics of the profession which preaches objectivity and accuracy.
Balogun also reminded Muslim Journalists especially, to have at the back of their mind, the motto of the Association, which says:” Say the truth even if it affects you “.
” It is therefore expected of Muslim Journalists to see the coming elections on February 25 and March 11, not only a call to duty but an act of Ibadat (Worship).
“Allah says in Qur’an 51 verse 56 thus:”And I did not create the jinn and the mankind except to Worship me” So all activities of a Muslim should be for the service of humanity and Creator.
“So, Muslims should shun fake news and ensure all news are verified to be true before releasing it to the public through their various media.
“Even though, MMPN is non political and not in the business of endorsing any particular candidate, members are implored to participate fully in the electoral process and vote for any candidate of their choice,” he said.
Balogun therefore advised the Federal Government to make the environment conducive for journalists and voters alike by ensuring provision of adequate security of lives and properties of the citizenry.
“Let me also use this opportunity to call on all our Muslim brethren to pray fervently to Allah during Juma’at worship for peaceful and credible elections in Nigeria as well as smooth transition from civilian to civilian in May 29, 2023.
“Undoubtedly, the country is undergoing serious challenges and such all hands must be on deck to restore the nation back to its period of excellence.