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All-female group, FAIRER, launches campaign for national unity, ethnic relations

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Female Advocacy for Inter-Ethnic Relations, FARIER, has launched a social advocacy campaign aimed at fostering national peace and unity, among Nigerians.

 Funded by MacArthur Foundation through the Penlight Centre for New Media and Innovation, the campaign was designed by Image Merchants Promotions, IMPR, Limited.

The campaign will involve a session of media engagements to be led and facilitated by the Team Lead and Campaign Anchor of FAIRER, Zubaida Bala-Ibrahim, Chiamaka Asuozu Glory.

Addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja, Zubaida Ibrahim, said FAIRER campaign, which is a female-led advocacy for inter-ethnic relationships aimed at harnessing the values that unites Nigerians more than what divides, through coordinated media narratives and media actions for fostering peaceful coexistence and national unity which will be targeted at the youth, women, religious leaders and the government.

She said: “This campaign is not only aimed at national unity and security but to sustain it through bringing our targets attention to the positive aspects of the various ethnicities in Nigeria through opinion articles that we have already been writing and has been getting the needed attention, peace journalism, engaging in dialogue and social media counter-narratives.

“The sustenance will be aided through long-term partnerships with relevant organizations and stakeholders with monthly evaluations.”

According to the FAIRER Team Lead, inter-ethnic conflicts have been the backbone of security challenges, unemployment, the inadequacy of basic amenities, poor healthcare system, bribery and corruption.

“So the main goal of our the campaign is to address some of these challenges through creating systems for inter-ethnic relationship, harmony and peaceful coexistence.”

In his goodwill remark, the Director of the Penlight Centre and publisher of Daily Nigerian, Jaafar Jaafar, expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the female campaigners, saying that FAIRER’s media crusade will greatly promote harmonious coexistence in the country.

Speaking through his Editorial Staff, Safiya Bello, the chairman said the initial campaign would be monitored and supported by the Centre through a recent grant from Mac Arthur Foundation.

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