By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, on Monday called on the media to objectively support the activities and operations of the Nigeria Army, (NA).
He made the call at the opening of a five-day Directorate of Army Public Relations combined Second and Third Quarter Study Period in 1 Division Headquarters, Kaduna.
Col Musa frowned at the situation where some media organizations and social media critics accused the military, under report its achievements but celebrates terrorists and other criminal elements in the society.
He advised journalists to verify their stories before publication, and thanked the media for their support and understanding so far.
He maintained that such negative reportage championed by some media organizations and social media critics has the potential of affecting the morale of troops in the frontline fighting terrorism and other criminal elements in the country.
The Acting Director Army Public Relations, stated that the NA has performed excellently in checkmating activities of the terrorists and bandits across the country in the last four years.
“The Nigerian Army and indeed DAPR shall continue to do our best in the promotion of Human Rights and must not allow negative reports circulated in some media platforms affect our genuine efforts in serving the nation selflessly,” he added.
Col Musa disclosed that the aim of the study period is to galvanize active participation of participants and personnel of the Directorate in understanding and projecting the towering image of NA activities.
In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), represented by the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Faruk Yahaya, tasked the Directorate to lead the fashioning of better innovation that will promote effective civil military relations and NA operations.
Personalities at the occasion includes: Former Director Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas; Director Defence Information, Col Onyema Nwachukwu; representatives from the Nigeria Police and other paramilitary organizations from Abuja and Kaduna.
Others are; Deputy and Assistant Directors of Army Public Relations from various units and formations of NA.
The week long event with a theme “Strengthening the Nigerian Army Public Relations’ Capacity in Managing Information in Contemporary Warfare” is expected to end on Friday, August 30, 2019.