The National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has urged media practitioners to tailor their news reportage towards promoting national interest, security consciousness and peace in the country, stressing that the media is a critical sector in the attainment of national goals and aspirations.
Speaking at a Special Interactive session of Spokesperson of Security agencies and the media in his office, the NSA said called for improved and sustained working collaboration among stakeholders in the nation’s security sector for more results.
While commending Nigerian media for its contributions towards the sustenance of democracy in the country, he urged it to be professional and guard against becoming willing tools in the hands of trouble-shooters in their quest to promote their selfish ambitions.
He said: “The nation is at a very critical stage: we should be wary of individuals and groups whose selfish agenda may affect our security through dirty politicking, negative activism and other acts of criminality. There are many lessons to be learnt from happening across the globe so that our nation will remain peaceful and well-secured.”
On the role of the military during elections, Col. Dasuki who maintained that while it is not the responsibility of security to monitor electoral officials during election, he noted that security officers are only mandated provide maximum security for the protection of lives and properties.
He added that: “As security agencies we are not to be partisan and bias but professional in our conducts.”
On the confusion over the Anambra election, he said “our security personnel provided maximum security similar to the strategies deployed in Edo and Ondo elections which were won by the opposition and widely commended. “
On his part, the Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade charged media practitioners and security spokespersons to discharge their duties with humility, professionalism and sincerity, noting that both teams are all working towards the attainment of common goals and therefore there is no need for mutual suspicion or rivalry.
Brigadier Olukolade said: “the media parley would afford critical players in the security sector and media practitioners the opportunity to brainstorm on pressing security issues as well as chart a way forward.”