By Kunle Oni
Felicitating with the Christians at Easter, in its good will message, the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has charged the media and the governments across the world to show unconditional love to migrants.
Urging the media to be at the forefront of dispelling misinformation about migration particularly concerning migrants and refugees, the body with over 300 journalists spread across the continents said the greatest love for humanity with sincerity of purpose was demonstrated by Jesus Christ while on earth and demanded the same from the media practitioners.
He counseled journalists to always report facts embellished with human face on migration matters.
Ajibola in a statement he made available to the media on Sunday also called on the developed nations to see migrants as economic developers because “they are always drivers of labour serving various needs in nations.”
He said the media should always exercise restraint by not using the word ‘illegal’ to qualify migrants at any point saying “the resurrection of Christ should teach us all how to love and not to stigmatize our fellow men and women. Therefore all acts that could provoke xenophobic attack should be guided against in the spirit of Easter”.
Quoting from the book of Levite 19:33-34, the JIFORM President reminded all that: “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”.
JIFORM is reputable for organizing an annual global migration summit since 2018, African Migration Summit in partnership with the Nekotech Center of Excellence in Ghana in February 25-26, 2021
The global media body looks forward to staging its global summit in a North American country by summer in 2021.