The Spiritual Head of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, Olumba Olumba Obu has called on Nigerian authorities to revert to the old national anthem which emphasizes “brotherhood and love for unity and peaceful co-existence”.
He stated this at a lecture organised by the Star Cross Media in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Cross River Council to mark this year’s Press Freedom day in Calabar.
According to him, the old anthem remind Nigerians of the need to dwell in brotherhood to keep the spirit and soul of the country together despite the many differences.
“I call on Nigeria to return to the first national anthem which says “though tribe and tongue May differ, in brotherhood we stand, ” he said.
Olumba added that divisions, war, democracy and sophisticated weapons of mass destruction were not the solution to the problems of Nigeria and mankind in general.
“All that is needed to solve the problems of Nigeria and the world at large is the practice of love and more love.
“Let your thoughts, words and actions be guided by the overwhelming desire to love and live in brotherhood, ” he said.
He maintained that it was the desire of God for man to live in unity, brotherhood and solidarity, loving one another as they would love themselves.
According to leader Obu, the insecurity, killings, banditry, kidnappings and general insurgency that has characterised Nigeria and other nations are not the wishes of God for His people, adding that no man was given the right to oppress and subdue another.
He appealed to Nigerian government to allow free press and independence of the media and advised the media against falsehood and conspiracy theories.
In his remarks, Chairman of NUJ in Cross River State, Mr Victor Udu charged Journalists in the state to always uphold truth and to shun all forms falsehood in their reportage.
He said that as the fourth estate of the realm they cannot afford to fail in helping the nation to grow through objective reporting.
He further called on the state government to come to the aid of government owned media houses so that they could function optimally as required.
He also frowned at the bastardisation of the journalism profession by bloggers, assuring that NUJ was working on modalities to checkmate the high level of quackery in the media industry.