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Army chief tasks media on anti-terrorism fight

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The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Farouq Yahaya, has urged the media to deny Boko Haram terrorists the freedom to operate.

Yahaya made the call, at the weekend, at a luncheon organised for journalists at Maimalari Cantonment Officers’ Mess, Maiduguri.

“The already existing cordial and mutual relationship between the media and Operation Lafiya Dole is to enhance our synergy in the fight against terrorism.

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Doing that with the media and other stakeholders is in line with the vision of the Army Chief of Staff, Lt-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, to reposition and professionally defeat all adversaries in the joint military operations in the Northeast,” Gen. Yahaya said.

On denying terrorists freedom of operations, he said: “The media non-kinetic operation could be harnessed to increase public awareness and persuasions over Boko Haram’s recruitments of youths and supporters. As the masses are often exposed to mischievous media messages and propaganda from terrorists, the media could effectively counter them.”

He urged the media practitioners not to relent in their counter-terrorism propaganda in the fight against Boko Haram and other security challenges facing the nation.

“The media should continue to be our partner in this fight against insurgency by effectively deploying your professional skills and confidences for the good of our beloved country. This could end the war and restore peace in the region.

“You should also deny support to the criminals, including the freedom of Boko Haram to operate in the front lines of forests and the shores of Lake Chad in Borno.”

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