Conflict has broken out in 16 of Cross River State’s 18 local government units, according to two Peace Advocates and Communicators.
Peace journalist Efio Ita Nyok and crisis reporter Ukorebi Essien both talked at a one-day course for journalists and social media influencers.
After doing community study and peace advocacy, the social crusaders reported that only Calabar South LGA and Municipality lacked any pronounced communal dispute.
Partners for Peace in the Niger Delta is a Civil Society Organization where we work. After extensively exploring all 18 LGAs, we’ve determined that conflicts exist in around 16 of them.
According to a recent study, “most community conflicts in our state have a bearing on farmlands and resurface mostly during the wet season when the people prepare for farming.”
Nyok, for his part, urged reporters to avoid reporting in a way that inflames passions and instead to seek out ways to bring people together and find common ground on contentious matters.
Peace journalism should work toward resolving conflicts rather than further dividing people.
“We should investigate all aspects of the matter in depth so that the report can give authorities room to intervene.”
Moses Abang, the group’s national secretary, claims that most confrontations go unreported and that the organization has successfully intervened in many situations at the local level to bring about peaceful resolutions.