Ahead of the February General elections in the oil rich West African State, Nigerian authorities are worried that growing political tensions in the country might escalate.

This is more so that elections in the country are often prone to violence, Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong said on Monday.

Given the agenda-setting role of the media however, self-censorship for conflict sensitivity in news media reporting holds the key to the success of the country's polls, Mr. Lalong told journalists at a UNDP workshop on Conflict Sensitive Reportage ahead of the 2019 General Elections in Nigeria.

"During elections, tensions are often high among contending political parties, hence the public can only make well informed decisions based on the quality and accuracy of the stories disseminated by the media.

Thus, journalists according to him have a responsibility to report without sentiments as "Good or bad reportage can make or mar an election."