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Tella tasks Muslim journalists on accurate presentation of Islam in the media

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Alhaji Liadi Tella

Veteran journalist, former Managing Director of Monitor Newspapers and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, Alhaji Liadi Tella has charged Muslim journalists to be courageous in the dissemination of Islamic stories and counter the anti-Islamic tendencies dominating the media landscape in the country.

Alhaji Tella also challenged wealthy Muslims to raise media houses in order to present undiluted message of Islam, lamenting that non-Muslims own more than 70 per cent of the media houses in Nigeria.

Also, the President of Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society, NASFAT, Engr Kamil Bolarinwa said that his association is the face of Islam in Nigeria.

The duo stated these while speaking with newsmen during a special Iftar/dinner with the Press organised by NASFAT on the last day of Ramadan.

Bolarinwa also chided the media for describing those who take laws into their hands maiming and killing people as Islamist terrorists, querying why the same media as refused to give similar description to deviants in other faith.
Guest lecturer at the occasion, Alh Liadi Tella praised the efforts of various leaders and successive leaders in NASFAT for sustaining the dawah, adding that NASFAT was really ordained by Allah.

“At a time that Islam was witnessing a downturn, when our Muslim brethren were being deceived by other religions, NASFAT came like a lightening to change the situation,” Tella said.

While encouraging the media particularly Muslim journalists to be courageous in the dissemination of Islamic stories and accurate representation of Islam in the media. Alhaji Tella also challenged wealthy Muslims to raise media houses to check the excesses of anti-Islam media owners.

“The journalists should not be afraid, but take the footsteps of other great journalists. You should be courageous to expose the anti-Islamic tendencies of some reporters and media executives.

“This day where non-Muslims are mainly the media owners and executives, you can only expect slanted and anti-Islam stories. That is why Islam is endangered. Why can’t we raise a newspaper? Where are the rich Muslims? Why are they not investing in media? Only 30 per cent or less of the media are owned by Muslims.

“Allah will ask you what you have used your pen for. We are docile, let us wake up and be courageous, do the right thing and leave the future for Allah.



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