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”Don’t take the country’s unity for granted”- Don urges Nigerians

A university Don, Prof. Umaru Pate has urged Nigerians not to take the unity and integration of the country for granted.

Prof. Pate , who is also the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Kashere, in Gombe State, said every Nigerian should be made to have a sense of belonging in the country and for that confidence to be in the person that everybody is important in the project Nigeria.

SOLACEBASE reports that the mass communication guru stated this at the Nigerian Academy of Letters 2023 annual lecture titled ‘’ Media , Diversity and Nigeria’s National Integration in the Digital Age’’ held at Bayero University Kano, on Wednesday.

‘’The issue of integration and unity of Nigeria should not be taken for granted or a concluded issue.’’

‘’We need to deliberately and consciously take decisions, implement policies in such a way that every Nigerian would feel touched with government actions,’’ Pate said.

According to him, the consequence is that people can subversively take initiatives that can undermine the bedrock of this unity that people are taking for granted and even if it will not disintegrate the country, it may cause some irritating experiences to most of Nigerians.

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Pate cited some of the consequences to include the emergence of Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping  secession agitation, noting that, they may not directly cause immediate damage but they are causing instability and unrest in the country.

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He noted that the use of media in addressing most of challenges is very vital considering the significant role of the media in shaping opinion and molding the society.

‘’In as much as we can use the media to change the narratives positively, the much critical situation presently is the new media and social media which are this day faster in disseminating information than the tradition media with the dangers of misinformation and disinformation in some instances.’’

‘’With the era of fake news and spread of hate and divisive speeches that are not helping in moving the nation forward and fueling ethno-religious crisis , the media both traditional and the new media should be strengthen and for every stakeholders in the country should be committed to holding tight to the thin ember of unity and integration of Nigerians.’’

In a remark, President, Nigerian Academy of Letters, Prof. Duro Oni said the body established in 1974, is a national academy and apex body of arts and literature in Nigeria.

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‘’It is an autonomous, scholarly and non-political state institution for advancing scholarship and public interest in the humanities at the highest level in Nigeria, ‘’Oni said.

On his part Bayero University Kano, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas represented by Dean , School of Post Graduate Studies, Prof. Mustapha Ahmed Isa appreciated the academy for hosting the lecture at BUK.

The VC emphasized the institution’s commitment and support to scholarly endeavors that are contributing to humanity.

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