- The media has been called upon to vigorously project the positive role of the military in nation building
- The call was made by the chief of defence staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, who said this will correct existing public misconception of the military
According to Olonisakin, the achievement and sacrifices of the military is usually downplayed by some sections of the media
The chief of defence staff, Abayomi Olonisakin on Thursday, March 21, urged the media to vigorously project the positive role of the military in nation building so as to correct existing public misconceptions of the service.
The defence chief said at a workshop on civil-military relations, held in Kaduna, that the Nigerian military has intensified efforts to strengthen its relationship with the civil populace by creating more platforms for civil and military engagement, NAN reports.
Legit.ng notes that Olonisakin said: ”Today, the military has intensified efforts to build bridges of understanding between itself and the civil populace."
He added that the existing misconception are gradually getting belittled as a result of the policies of the military to create platform for enhanced mutual engagement.
According to him, the armed forces is open to all citizens. He called on media practitioners to regard the military as partners in the defense of the citizens and the territorial integrity of the country.
He said: ”The involvement of the Military in the Country’s internal security is as a result of new and conventional dimension which witnessed the form of terrorism and insurgency and other criminalities with consequence usually beyond the purview of conventional Police."
Olonisakin disclosed that the achievement and sacrifices of the military is usually downplayed by some sections of the media.
The defence chief, therefore, urged the media to give required support for the military to bring to an end the insurgency, wanton killings by herders and militants.
He added: “The common goal and shared responsibility of the military and the media is the protection of the citizens; this makes it important to collaborate."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the United States said it was disappointed by low turnout, vote buying, violence and military interference in the 2019 general elections.
The US made its position known in a statement by its embassy on Thursday, March 21.
The US, which urged all stakeholders to work towards ensuring fair and credible supplementary elections, also reiterated its support for a democratic process “where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results".
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