Actually, I spoke to the Foreign Sec about #EndSars last week and also to @JamesDuddridge, Africa minister. We’ve been on this saga loooong before the protests started. Can’t do this in a single tweet so here’s a thread 👇...(1/5)
UK govt supported a roundtable meeting on FSARS reform back in 2018 and helped the National Human Rights Commission to hold a public hearing on FSARS abuses in 2019....(2/5)
Our High Commissioner, @CatrionaLaing1 has supported calls for police reform, asked the security services to respect the right of Nigerians to protest peacefully and directly raised these issues with the Nigerian govt. UK govt welcomes @MBuhari’s decision to disband FSARS. (3/5)
My piece for @MoS_Politics today appeals for those of us in public life with a platform to use it responsibly. Some coverage creates heat but isn’t shedding light.
Our cause is not helped when irresponsible reporting inflames an already impassioned situation. (1/9)
My article uses recent examples from the BBC but it’s not really about them. The problem is much wider. When MPs and the media use exaggerated language to describe, it can inadvertently pour petrol on the flames of division, when at times we need a fire extinguisher. (2/9)
Much of this language is used to get a quick rush on social media, a platform which encourages polarisation, mob mentality, abusing and aiming to humiliate those who disagree with us rather than engaging with their arguments. (3/9)