Media practitioners have been called to support the military activities and operations especially that of Nigerian Army through balanced reportage.
The Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai made the call on Monday at the opening of the Directorate of Army Public Relations, DAPR, study period holding at 1 Div, Kaduna.
Lt. Gen Buratai believed that the role of the media in national security could not be overemphasized; hence the need to do more in the area of balanced reportage in the overall interest of national security.
Represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Div, Major General Faruq Yahaya, General Buratai expressed concern over a situation whereby criminal elements were being celebrated by the media practitioners while security activities and operations are under-reported.
He then called on the DAPR and other sister agencies participating in the study period that, the deliberations should lead to the fashioning of better means of carrying out media operations.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa said the DAPR study period over the years has been a veritable platform for robust interaction and cross-fertilization of ideas between resource persons, moderators and participants.
Colonel Sagir noted that the 2019 study period which was part of the training directive of the Nigerian Army, was no doubt unique and exceptionally important because it was the only avenue for interaction, learning, training and sharing of ideas between and among the DAPR family.
He said the theme of the study titled “Strengthening the Nigerian Army Public Relations Officers’ Capacity in Managing Information in Contemporary Warfare”, was deliberately chosen as it was intended to further educate and examine the role information management officers play in the various theatres of operations where the battlespace is witnessing aggression in the forms of propaganda, disinformation, psychological warfare and fake news, compounded by advancement in information communication technology.
Presenting a paper titled: “Crisis Communication Approach to Tackling Security Challenges”, former Defence Spokesman, Major General Chris Olukokade (rtd) noted that, “Crisis will happen when we least expect it.