Army engages media to solve security challenges of fake news particularly by social media, bloggers and online journalists..
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Army engages media to solve security challenges, others
Disturbed with the persistent circulation of fake news particularly by social media, bloggers and online journalists which is threatening the nation’s security, the Nigerian Army has engaged media practitioners to overcome the current security challenges and foster harmonious and cordial civil-military relationship.
Nigerian Army Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Major-Gen. US Muhammad stated this at the 8th Edition of Civil -Military Seminar with the theme: “Civil-Military Relations: The Evolving Role of the Social Media in Support of the Nigerian Army’s -Non-Kinetic Line of Operations,” held at Sokoto Hotel recently.
Muhammad explained that the interactive session was organised for civil populists, bloggers and online journalists to understand what the military are doing and be able to appreciate what Nigerian Army are doing so as to reduce the impact of fake information, narratives and hate speeches being sent to the public.
“It is also expected to be continuous events that will enable the Nigerian Army receive feedbacks on how to serve the Nigerian populace better,” he said.
He noted that the forum will again provide the army all the necessary and needed opportunity to freely interact, discuss, share ideas and rub minds particularly toward the eradication of the fake news syndrome.
He noted that such an event would provide an avenue for the military to enlighten media practitioners about developments in the Nigerian Army because a lot is being done through the Department of Civil-Military Affairs since its inception in 2010 to bridge the perceived gap of divide with the civil populace and in winning the hearts and minds of the populace that are not aware of.
In his remark, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said Sokoto State is very much concerned about the security situation in the state and Northern Nigeria in particular.
Tambuwal, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Special Projects, Alhaji Dahiru Yabo, reiterated the state government’s effort towards addressing the problems of banditry, armed robbery and kidnapping in the state.