Boko Haram: Theatre Commander seeks media sustained partnership

The Theatre Commander ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, Maj.-Gen. Farouq Yahaya, has solicited sustained media partnership in the renewed fight against in North East.

Yahaya made the appeal Saturday in Maiduguri during a luncheon he hosted jounalists in Maiduguri.

Yahaya said the army recognised and appreciated the role of the media in enhancing in and other activities.

“The media is indeed one of the lines of alternative to kinetic .

“That media non-kenetic line of is very essential that could be harnessed to among other things increase public awareness and persuasions geared towards appealing to the conscience of the masses from which often draw their recruits and support.

“The masses are also often exposed to mischievous media messages and propaganda from terrorist groups which our media could effectively counter when well deployed.

“I therefore urge the media not to relent in that effort as the contemporary challenges facing our country requires military-media cooperation of the highest standards.

“Consequently, I charge you all to continue to be our partners in this fight against by effectively deploying your professional skills and competences in support of our operations and the good of our beloved country,” Yahaya said.

The theater commander who urge the media to deny publicity, stressed the need for constant interaction between the military and media for better understanding and .

He said the needed with media and other stakeholders was in line with the Chief of Army Staff visision of a “A Nigerian Army that is repositioned to professionally defeat all adversary in a joint environment”.

Responding behalf of the journalists, Mr Gwamna Mshelizza, lauded the commander for the forum which he said would boost the relationship between the media and Operation Lafiya Dole.

Mshelizza urged for such regular interaction, assuring the military of media support at all time in its efforts to restore peace and security in the Northeast and the country in general. (NAN)