Collective Efforts Will Decimate Insecurity, Says COAS

Participants at the Fourth Quarter 2023 Nigeria Army Civil-Military Cooperation Media Chat held in Sokoto
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From Ankeli Emmanuel, Sokoto

The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, on Wednesday 22 November, 2023 in Sokoto State appealed for collective support of all in the Military’s continued efforts towards ending insecurity in the country. 

Lt Gen. Lagbaja, who insisted that non-state actors that were undermining the nation’s prosperity and security thrive on the collaboration of unpatriotic fellows in the society, urged the media not to unconsciously promote these bad elements in whatever form. 

Speaking in his opening remarks at the 4th Quarter Nigeria Army Civil Military Media Chat, the COAS, represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Div and North West Commander, Operation Hadarin Daji, Maj. Gen. Godwin Mutkut, said, harnessing collective strength of all well meaning individuals and organizations was required for sustained peace and security. 

“‘It is important to state that the activities of non state actors that seeks to undermine the security, well-being and collective prosperity of our country would be highly degraded and almost non existent without  the collaboration of some unpatriotic and unscrupulous persons in the society,” Lagbaja said.

While stressing that terrorists are conscious of propaganda, the COAS said, “Terrorists, insurgents and other deviants seek attention and thrive by propaganda and reign of fear/terror on well-meaning citizens. I therefore, want to use this opportunity to call on the media not to unconsciously provide these undesirable elements/characters, the oxygen to thrive by propagating their nefarious activities”. 

He further noted that the media chat with its theme, “Media As A Force Multiplier In Nigerian Army Operations” was intended to encourage media practitioners from the north west region to continually support and positively represent the Army through constructive reportages that create favourable perception of their constitutional responsibilities. 

In his welcome remarks, the Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Maj. Gen. Nosakhare Ugbo, said the media was cardinal to thei Military’s non-kinetic operations. 

“As the fourth estate of the realm, the media is a stimulant for social/national accountability, credibility and development. Hence, the media is a worthy partner for the socioeconomic advancement of any country and helps in the actualization of organizational mandates,” Ugbo stated.

He added that despite the challenges being experienced, the media must continue to pursue national goals and aspirations through patriotic and objective reportage. 

“‘Having acknowledged the huge role of the media in updating the populace, the Nigerian Army strives to carry the media along in all its dealings,” Ugbo stressed.

Delivering a lecture on, “‘Towards Effective Civil Military Cooperation Line of Operations of the Nigerian Army:The Role of the Media”, the Guest Speaker, Maj Gen Usman Mohammed (rtd), appealed to media practitioners in Nigeria to prioritise patriotism.. 

Maj Gen Mohammed said the delay often encountered by journalists seeking clarifications on certain military operations had links with issues of national interest. 

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