The Garrison Commander of 8 Division, Nigerian Army, Sokoto, Brig. Gen. Ralph Nnebeife has solicited sustained media partnership in the renewed efforts against security challenges in the country.
Nnebeife made the appeal when the executive members of Sokoto State Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid a familiarization visit to him in Sokoto on Tuesday.
He said the army recognized and appreciated the role of the media in enhancing operations and other activities.
“The media are indeed one of the lines of operations alternative to kinetic operations.
“That media non-kinetic line of operations is very essential that could be harnessed to, among other things, increase public awareness and persuasions of the masses.
“It could appeal to the conscience of the masses from which bandits and other terrorists often draw their recruits and support.
“The masses are also often exposed to mischievous media messages and propaganda from bandits’ groups which our media could effectively counter when well deployed.
”I am not a party to `no comment’ on issues. I am always ready to facilitate clarifications, confirmations and passion for the dissemination of the right information to the public.
“I, therefore, urge the media not to relent in that effort as the contemporary challenges facing our country require military-media cooperation of the highest standards.
“Consequently, I charge you all to continue to be our partners in this fight against banditry and other security challenges by effectively deploying your professional skills and competencies in support of our operations.
“It is for the good of our beloved country,” Nnebeife said.
The Garrison Commander, who urged the media to deny bandits publicity, stressed the need for constant interaction between the military and media for better understanding and synergy.
He said the needed synergy with media and other stakeholders was in line with the vision of the Nigerian Army, repositioned to professionally defeat all adversaries in a joint environment.
According to him, Army also engages in series of sports and other social activities to ginger the morale of officers and men.
He stated that such activities rejuvenate cordial relationship between other law enforcement agencies and civil relations and needed to be publicised.
The Chapel Chairman, Mr Habibu Harisu, had lauded the commander for the interactive which, he said, would boost the existing relationship between the media and the Army in general.
Harisu called for such regular interaction with the Garrison and timely response to media enquiries to facilitate their daily activities.
He assured the military of media support at all times in its efforts to restore peace and security in the area and the country in general.