20th July, 2010
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has condemned the state of insecurity in Nigeria especially the rising cases of kidnapping in some parts of the country.
The Guild after its quarterly standing committee meeting held in Katsina, Katsina State, North Central Nigeria from 18 to 20 July, frowned at the state of insecurity in the country.
During the meeting, the editors reviewed professional as well as national issues. The editors condemned the recent kidnap of four journalists and their driver in Abia state which it described as evil while expressing optimism that security agencies will rise up to their responsibilities to ensure such criminal acts are stopped forthwith.
The editors in a communique signed by Gbenga Adefaye and John Ndukauba, NGE president and general secretary respectively, noted a statement by President Goodluck Jonathan that some highly placed people offer themselves as negotiators whenever kidnapping takes place.
They, therefore, called on government not to shy away from its responsibilities by bringing the culprits to justice.
The Guild commended the nationwide condemnation of the abduction of the four journalists and their driver by Nigerians and the sympathy shown to their families.
It advised journalists not to allow the ordeal of the kidnapped journalists to discourage them from performing their duties in any part of the country. The Guild commended the ongoing constitution amendment process stressing that the precedent that is about to be set by the National Assembly can only signpost a great future for constitutional rule in Nigeria.
The editors expressed the hope that the process will be a continuous one as there are many more defective provisions in the constitution that require amendment.
The NGE welcomes partnership with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) towards ensuring free, fair and credible elections in the country, expressing the hope that such partnership would enable the media and the electoral umpire to work out measures to attain the goal.