MPAC, MMPN sign pact to project true Islamic identity
The Muslim Public Affairs Center (MPAC), Nigeria and the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have sealed a pact in pursuit of raising Muslim voice, projecting the right Islamic identity and facilitating qualitative representation and participation of Muslims in public and global affairs.
The initiative tagged tagged, ‘Project Muslim VIP’ is expected to exploit modern means of projecting the true image of Islam to Nigerians and the entire world.
The five-page document was signed by the Director of MPAC, Mr Kamor Disu, and the Lagos Chair/Southwest Coordinator, MMPN, Alhaji Kabir Alabi Garba, in the presence of representatives of both organisations as well as veteran Muslim media practitioners from the broadcast, print and online media as well as the academia. Communication and Language Artiste, Prof. Taofiq AbdulAzeez who is also the Chief Imam, University of Abuja Central Mosque gave a brief talk that shed more light on the project.
The pact would enable the MPAC and MMPN to harmonise intellectual resources, share resources and information towards the propagation of Islam and project Muslims professionals who have distinguished themselves in various spheres of life.
The duo would also examine the prevailing challenges and proffer solutions to media bias against Islam and the Muslims in Nigeria.
Director, Media & Strategic Communications, MPAC, Abdulwarees Solanke, said: “MPAC considered vital creating a synergy with the media in order to realise the mission of enlightening the world about Islam. The partnership is expected to foster cooperation in developing media capacity for Muslim Ummah as well as deepening the reportage of Islamic affairs.
“MPAC and MMPN are in agreement on the need to have media structures and institutions that will strengthen Muslim voice positively, project the Islamic culture and identity and facilitate equitable representation and participation of Muslims in public and global affairs,” he said.
According to Solanke the project is an enduring assignment that positively positions Muslims in public affairs in our polity, changing public perception of Islam through Project VIP.