A University Professor has called on all political parties in Nigeria to present credible leaders in the upcoming elections in 2019.
He said such leaders must be those who would ensure development, rule of law, equity, inclusiveness and fairness through their policies and programmes.
Professor Ibrahim Gambari who doubles as the Chairman and founder of Savannah Center for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development said Nigerian elites are guilty of using ethno-religious dichotomy to widen division in the society for their parochial interest.
He made this known in Abuja on Thursday at the fourth annual lecture of the National Broadcasting Commission titled Broadcasting and Nigeria’s ethno-religious divide; bridging the gap.
The Diplomat said despite the fact elites associate and do business together regardless of their ethno religious backgrounds, they still use the same dichotomy to further divide the masses for their parochial interest.
He then called on the 91 political parties in Nigeria to ensure fielding of credible leaders in the upcoming elections in 2019.
“The main causes of ethno religious issues are inequality, poverty and general economic challenges. These are the elements that breed these divides.
The 91 political parties must ensure that they put leaders that are sensitive to issues of development, rule of law, fairness, equity and inclusiveness among others. These are the concepts that will chat a way forward.”
Meanwhile Minister of Information and Culture who was represented by Mrs Precilia Ulouma said as the 2019 elections draws nearer, there was the need to have a peaceful entity.
He applauded the National Broadcasting Commission for always having a robust and fruitful engagement with stakeholders for a healthy industry.
Chairman of the NBC board, Mr. Ikira Bilbis said broadcasters must deliberately create contents that would unite the society towards greater good.
“Broadcasters must create contents that unite along these fault lines,”he said.
The Director General National Broadcasting Commission, Mr. Modibbo Kawu said because of the strategic importance of broadcasting, and the way it occupies the social space, it can often be a conveyor of deep emotions associated with ethno religious divide.
Meanwhile, the special guest of honour and governor of Borno state North east Nigeria, Mr. Kashim Shettima represented by the Attorney General of the state, Mr. Kaka Shehu said there are some good eggs in the industry that enhance professionalism.
He applauded those professionals who tow the straight and narrow path just to do the right thing in broadcast journalism.