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The media urged to refrain from magnifying activities of undesirable elements – COAS advises



Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, has called on the media to avoid amplifying the actions of non-state actors and unwanted elements within the country.

Delivering a keynote speech at the Nigerian Army Civil-Military Cooperation Media Chat for the First Quarter of 2024 in Asaba, Delta, Lagbaja made this appeal.

The event, themed ‘Imperatives of Military-Media Partnership for the Attainment of National Security’, was reported by NewsNow.

Major-General Jamal Abdusalam, who represented the Army Chief at the event, expressed dismay over the recent tragic killings of officers and soldiers at Okuama in Delta State.

Emphasizing the importance of the military-media chat, Lagbaja described collaboration as crucial in safeguarding national security within his address.

He acknowledged the Nigerian Army’s recognition of the challenges posed by the current security situation in the nation and highlighted the urgent measures taken to address them.

According to Lagbaja, “In a time marked by rapid dissemination of information and evolving security threats, effective communication and transparency are vital to ensuring the safety and well-being of our citizens.”

He further stated, “The media’s significant impact is acknowledged by the Nigerian Army as a key intermediary between the military and the public, providing essential information, shaping public opinion, and holding institutions accountable.”

“Through accurate and responsible reporting, the media plays a pivotal role in educating citizens, promoting dialogue, and enhancing our national security,” Lagbaja added.

He also highlighted the military’s constitutional duty to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity and protect the country from external threats.