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The Nigerian Army urges media to stop promoting terrorists and deviant groups



Encouraging media outlets to refrain from promoting the activities of terrorists, insurgents, and other deviant groups has been the recent message conveyed by the Nigerian Army.

During the civil-military media chat for the first quarter of 2024 held in Asaba, Delta State, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Abiodun Lagbaja, advised against glorifying non-state actors who seek to destabilize the security, well-being, and prosperity of the nation.

Emphasizing the importance of a collaborative approach in combating insecurity and restoring peace, Major General Jamal Abdussalam, representing the Chief of Army Staff, stressed the detrimental impact of giving undue attention to such groups that aim to instill fear in law-abiding citizens.

Addressing the need for a strategic response to the current security challenges, Major General Abdussalam highlighted the ongoing initiatives to enhance the effectiveness of deployed troops across different operational regions.

Highlighting the menace posed by unpatriotic individuals within society, he condemned the recent brutal killing of troops in Okuma Community, Delta State, as an unacceptable act of violence.

Reaffirming the commitment to a strong partnership between the army and the media, Major General Abdussalam underscored the role of effective communication in promoting peace, unity, and resilience amidst adversity.

Underlining the significance of the media-military collaboration, Major General Nosakhare Ugbo, chief of Civil-Military Affairs, stressed the importance of information sharing while maintaining operational security and intelligence confidentiality.

Recognizing the evolving security landscape, he highlighted the emergence of security threats from disinformation campaigns and the need for transparency in updating the public on army activities.

Commending the Nigerian Army for its dedication to national security and fostering military-media relations, Mallam Jubrin Baba Ndache, the director general of Voice of Nigeria, emphasized the essential roles played by both institutions in upholding national values and professionalism.