The Directorate of Army Public Relations has been charged with the responsibility of fashioning out better innovations that would promote and strengthen effective civil military relations.
This is as it relates to the Nigerian Army operations.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Faruk Yahaya, gave the charge at the opening day of the ‘Study Period/Workshop’ holding at the 1 Division Headquarters, Kaduna.
The aim of the workshop is to galvanize active participation of personnel and other participants of the Directorate in understanding and projecting a good image for the Nigerian Army.
Speaking at the event that had spokespersons of various security agencies (serving and retired), The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa urged the media to put objectivity ahead of any sentiment in their narratives.
He called for support for the various operations of the Nigerian Army to ensure that the country is secure.
While thanking the media for its support over the years, Colonel Sagir appealed to the various Media Houses to desist from narratives tend to glorify or in celebrating terrorists and other criminal elements in the society by showing more support to the military in their reportage through professionalism.
He pointed out that the media has a great role to play in boosting the morale of troops fighting terrorism in the frontlines and those fighting other criminal elements in other parts of the country.
“The Nigerian Army and indeed DAPR shall continue to do our best in the promotion of Human Rights and must not allow negative reports circulated in some media platforms affect our genuine efforts in serving the nation selflessly,” Sagir said.
The one week event has as its theme, “Strengthening the Nigerian Army Public Relations’ Officers’ Capacity in Managing Information in Contemporary Warfare” and will run from Monday, August 26 and end on Friday, August 30, 2019.