The chairman of Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI), Theophilus Danjuma has said the new media is important in the fight against terrorism.
Danjuma said this while speaking at a three-day workshop for journalists on “utilising new media for humanitarian and developmental reportage” in Damaturu, Yobe State on Tuesday.
Danjuma, who was represented at the event by a member of PCNI board, Engr. Babagoni Machina said terrorists had used the new media effectively to deceive, delude and influence people.
“We must rise up to this challenge through our reportage via the same platforms and counter messages of hate with messages of hope and tolerance.
“Social media platforms are critical channels of reporting events in the region, they reach more people compared with the mainstream media,” the PCNI boss said.
He added that the training was targeted at disseminating the tools that would enable the media to leverage the power of its channel to change insecurity in Northeast.
Over 50 Nigerians, including journalists, social media influencers and students drawn from all parts of the country are participating in the training exercise that will end on Wednesday.