- Nigerian Army boss, Buratai, has said information security is being threatened by social media
- Buratai said it is unprofessional for soldiers to use social media to discuss or disclose service matters
- Officers have been charged to properly manage and handle service documents as some of them are highly classified
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has faulted the use of social media by soldiers to discuss or disclose service matters.
Speaking in Kaduna at a four-day Nigerian Army Officers’ Office Management and Document Security Workshop 2019, the Army boss said social media has brought additional challenges to information security, Daily Trust reports.
The Army boss social media was being used by misguided personnel, contrary to the service rules of the Nigerian Army. He said the Nigerian army has extent policy on the use of social media which prohibits, among others, the use of social media to discuss or disclose service matters.
Buratai, represented by the Chief of Administration, Army, Major-General Kuta Isyaku, said: “It is indeed very unfortunate and unprofessional for service personnel to resort to the social media to disclose classified information or express grievances when the army has well established channels for addressing complaints.”
According to him, the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command had the capacity to monitor and deal effectively with cyber-related issues, including the management of social media.
Buratai noted that some service documents are highly classified to the extent that disclosure could be injurious to national security, warning officers to be careful when managing and handling them.
Also speaking, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major-General Faruk Yahaya, described security of information and documents as a cardinal requirement for “operations security, effective operations and effective administration in army.”
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, Buratai said the service was committed to the welfare of Army veterans. He noted that they remain key stakeholders in the discharge of Nigerian Army's constitutional roles.
The COAS commended the veterans for their commitment and loyalty to the Nigerian Army and the nation despite having retired from active service.
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