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Boko Haram: Theatre Commander seeks media sustained partnership

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The Theatre Commander ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, Maj.-Gen. Farouq Yahaya, has solicited for sustained media partnership in the renewed fight against insurgency in North East.

[FILES] Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD)<br />


Yahaya made the appeal on Saturday in Maiduguri during a luncheon he hosted for jounalists in Maiduguri.

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Yahaya said the army recognised and appreciated the role of the media in enhancing in operations and other activities.

“The media is indeed one of the lines of operations alternative to kinetic operations.

“That media non-kenetic line of operations is very essential that could be harnessed to among other things increase public awareness and persuasions geared towards appealing to the conscience of the masses from which terrorists often draw their recruits and support.

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“The masses are also often exposed to mischievous media messages and propaganda from terrorist groups which our media could effectively counter when well deployed.

“I therefore urge the media not to relent in that effort as the contemporary challenges facing our country requires military-media cooperation of the highest standards.

“Consequently, I charge you all to continue to be our partners in this fight against insurgency by effectively deploying your professional skills and competences in support of our operations and for the good of our beloved country,” Yahaya said.

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The theater commander who urge the media to deny terrorists publicity, stressed the need for constant interaction between the military and media for better understanding and synergy.

He said the needed synergy with media and other stakeholders was in line with the Chief of Army Staff visision of a “A Nigerian Army that is repositioned to professionally defeat all adversary in a joint environment”.

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Responding on behalf of the journalists, Mr Gwamna Mshelizza, lauded the commander for the forum which he said would boost the existing relationship between the media and Operation Lafiya Dole.

Mshelizza urged for such regular interaction, assuring the military of media support at all time in its efforts to restore peace and security in the Northeast and the country in general.

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