The Nigerian military is to organise a security seminar for media executives in the North East in an effort to promote collaboration between the military and the media in the ongoing fight against insurgency.
The Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, made this known on Thursday in Yola, Adamawa State during a meeting with media executives.
Abubakar called for more collaboration between the media and military, particularly now that the fight was in its last lap.
He said: “We appreciate the critical role of the media in this fight and seek for more collaboration, partnership and understanding.Abubakar said: “We also have ‘Operation Accord’ to check the problem of criminal herdsmen.”
“As we all know, security requires everybody’s support; we are in a national crisis and need to work together.”
The director, who reiterated the commitment of the military to continue to operate according to the rules of engagement, said that currently the military was operating in 16 places across the country to contain security threats.
He explained that some of the operations were jointly conducted with other security agencies.
The defence spokesman announced plans by the military to launch “Operation Safe Corridor” for the rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram members to make them useful to themselves, the society and Nigeria as a whole.
The Adamawa State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Malam Ahmad Sajoh, lauded the move by the military for more partnership with the media.
Sajoh added that the Adamawa State Government on its part had conducted series of security enlightenment to mobilise the people on security consciousness and the need for maximum support to the military and other security agencies.
Sajoh urged the military to continue to reach out for the support of the public on internal security challenges such as Boko Haram.
Highlights of the meeting included the presentation of enlightenment materials by the defence spokesman to the media in Adamawa State.
Sajoh also presented the spokesman with similar materials produced by the Adamawa State Government as part of its contribution to security awareness in the state.