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News reports shouldn’t jeopardise national security – Army

The Nigerian Army, on Thursday, restated its commitment to improving media access to its operations within the bounds of operational security.

It, however, called for responsible news reporting that prioritises national security.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T.A. Lagbaja, made the call in his keynote address at the Nigerian Army Civil-Military Cooperation, Media Chat for Second Quarter 2024 held at the Grand Central Hotel, Kano on Thursday.

The COAS, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Mayirensa Saraso, said while the military was committed to openness in its operations, the press must ensure accuracy of reports and avoid sensational or fake news.

Lagbaja said, “While we acknowledge the importance of freedom of the press, it is crucial to strike a balance between national security interests and the public’s right to information.

“We must avoid disseminating fake news or inflammatory contents that could undermine national unity and security.”

The COAS, however, acknowledged the need for the military to be more open so as to win the confidence and support of the civilian population.

He said, “We understand the need for accurate reporting on our activities, as it aids in building trust between the Nigerian Army and the civil population.

“This underscores the significance of a consistent and transparent communication strategy implemented by the Nigerian Army.

“As the Nigerian Army diligently fulfills its constitutional mandates, it is equally imperative for the media to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, accuracy, impartiality, and patriotism. By doing so, media practitioners can ensure that their reports contribute positively to national security objectives.”


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