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Published On: Wed, Feb 12th, 2020

Security reportage: Army, online journalists chat way forward

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From Raji Bello, Sokoto

Nigerian Army on Monday interacted with the social media, bloggers and online editors in Sokoto State on how best to report security matters.
The Army Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Major General US Mohammed, said the forum is to provide needed opportunity to freely interact and share ideas with civilians towards the eradication of the fake news syndrome.
He noted that the workshop was initiated in 2018, to sensitize the public especially social media handlers on the activities of the army.
According to him, “let me state here that this seminar which started in 2018 at Port Harcourt is the Nigerian Army’s way of interacting with the civil populace to foster a harmonious and cordial Civil-Military Relationship.
“It is also expected to be a continuous event that will enable the Nigerian Army receive feedbacks on how to serve the Nigerian populace better.
“We also acknowledge the fact that you all have very important roles to play in the development of Peace and Security in this country.
“It is very obvious that what you say, the way you say it and how its spreads have far reaching implications than most of us are aware of because the social media has a very crucial role to play in support of the Nigerian Army’s non-kinetic line of operations.
He further explained that the event is also expected to provide an avenue for Nigerian Army to enlighten social media handlers about developments in the Nigerian Army, saying, a lot is been done through the Department of Civil Military Affairs since its inception in 2010 to bridge the perceived gap of divide with the civil populace and in winning the hearts and minds of the populace.
Mohammed said the Army is making giant strides and having the upper hand in dealing with terrorists and insurgents. But such efforts are always under reported.
“We have celebrated the place of making headlines that will scare people rather than headlines to celebrate the gallantry efforts of our troops thereby giving confidence to the insurgents.
“But I want to believe that all these will change from today as you begin to see the efforts of the Nigerian Army and the many successes it has recorded in the fight against terrorism and insurgency and ensuring there is peace, security and stability in the nation”
The army chief, however, believes that the interactive session will make the citizens better informed about the Nigerian Army and will also imbibe in the spirit of patriotism towards the realization of a prosperous Nigeria of our dream.
The one day workshop was tagged: ‘Civil Military Relations: The Evolving Role of the Social Media in Support of the Nigerian Army’s -Non-Kinetic line of operations’.

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