Media critical tool to end terrorism, others in Northeast
By Njadvara MUSA, Maiduguri
The Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Maj-Gen. Markus Kangye says The Media Chat (TMC) is in pursuit of the Nigerian Army’s drive to keep the media informed of its civil-military cooperation activities.
According to him, civil-military relations are to dispel rumours, while the military provides accurate and timely information to the media for global best practices.
Kangye disclosed this Thursday, in Maiduguri at the 2023 first quarter Civilian-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) media chat at the Theatre Command Officers’ Mess, Maimalari cantonment.
He noted that modern military operations take place in complex environments with challenges that work against the public well-being of the affected societies.
The Media Chat themed: “Media as a Critical Tool in Addressing Insecurity in Nigeria,” attributed the challenges to the displacement of people, infrastructure destructions and economic collapse including human sufferings and deaths.
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Besides the challenges, he added that the military is also confronted with non-combat tasks of social responsibility with direct impacts on the public.
“The military in partnership with local and international humanitarian organisations and civil authorities plays special roles in alleviating the sufferings of the populace,” he said.
He stated that the partnership with the media could also reduce military operations in the Northeast and other parts of the country.
Continued; “Today’s event is apt and a way of illustrating the importance of the critical roles of the media in the Nigerian Army non-kinetic lines of operation.”
Reiterating the importance of the media, he said that it will provide an avenue for the media chat and provide an avenue for the Department of Civil-Military Affairs to engage various media practitioners.
“The media houses will be charting new ways for a more mutually beneficial relationship between the Nigerian Army and the media,” as well as improving media reportage for enhancement of the Nigerian Army Operations along the non-kinetic lines.
Maj-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo (rtd) in a paper titled; “The Role of the media in Enhancing Civil-Military Cooperation in Joint Operations Environment” said that keeping the media abreast in the various military operations will bridge the information gaps between the military and civil populace.
He said the media being a critical tool in addressing insecurity, it also complements civil-military cooperation, particularly the completion of various projects in the health, education, infrastructural facilities and water supply sectors in the country.