Army enjoins journalists to protect national interests


Army enjoins journalists to protect national interests

By Ahmed Abba

The commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, sector 2, brig.-general. Adamu Nura, called on reporters to prioritize Nigeria’s national interest in their reporting.

Nura made the appeal on Friday while welcoming members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), who paid him a courtesy visit to Damaturu.

“The national interest is more important than any other interest, including the public interest; because when you protect the national interest, the public interest will automatically be covered, ”he said.

He therefore urged journalists to always cooperate with security agencies, to protect the national interest in their reporting and to avoid any form of publicity to terrorists.

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“Safety is everyone’s business, without safety nothing can be achieved.” he said.

He added that the sector was ready to build the capacity of journalists within its jurisdiction, in order to have a smooth relationship and effective coverage.

Nura added that her doors were open to the reporter to report any issues that might help the command in its efforts to end the insurgency.

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Yobe State Council NUJ Chairman Mr. Rajab Muhammed praised the Nigerian military for its relentless efforts to restore peace to the state.

He also stressed the need for the army and journalists to strengthen the synergy between them for efficient and smooth operation.

Muhammed also called on the army to invest in capacity building for journalists, being at the forefront of the war against the insurgents.

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The president said the NUJ State Council will soon be hosting media games, which will incorporate the military’s public relations unit to symbolize the restoration of peace in the state. (NOPE)


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