Nigerian Army calls for media support in war against terror

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The Nigerian Army on Monday, appealed for media collaboration in the war to end the menace of Boko Haram terrorists from the country.

The Chief of Army Staff, Litenant General Tukur Buratai made the appeal at the Army’s Directorate of Army Public Relations, DAPR, 2015 Third Quarter Study Period themed: “Enhancing Information Management In Conflicts and Military Operations” in Maiduguri which holds from October 25 – 28.

Buratai, who spoke through his Theatre Commander of Operation Laifiya Dole, Major General Yusha’u Abubakar, called on media practitioners to support the Nigerian Army to bring to an end the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

“I am particularly delighted that this Study Period is coming at this time that the nation and the military are at a very critical phase of the war against terrorists.
He continued saying that: “It is critical since the military is at the verge of completely routing out Boko Haram terrorists from the nation’s territory.”

He described the occassion as ‘timely and significant’, adding that the media and DAPR have a role and the tasks of image management of the Army.

On the role of the citizens of the nation, particularly media practitioners, He said that: “The reportage and editorial dimensions taken by you journalists will in no small measure complement the efforts of the military.

He added that, “While carrying out your roles as the fourth estate of the realm, I implore you to do your part in the collective efforts of stamping out evil from our nation.”

Buratai noted that regular trainings will be carried out to enhance military professionals fighting Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency.

On Operations Lafiya Dole, a partnering security outfit, he said: “The Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies has reached a very important stage in the war against terrorists, having contained their operations to desperate, albeit murderous, suicide attacks and attacks on soft targets with a few futile attempts to portray themselves as coherent force.

“We will continue to engage and mop them up until they are completely no more. We are determined to achieve this within the time frame given by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he concluded.