Lieutenant-General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, has made a commitment to improve media access to the army’s operations, ensuring that this is done within the bounds of operational security. He emphasized that such transparency would facilitate accurate reporting of military activities and help build trust between the Nigerian Army and the civilian population.

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During a media chat in Kano focused on the Nigerian Army’s civil-military cooperation, General Lagbaja, represented by Major-General Mayirenso Lander David Saraso, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Nigerian Army, articulated the importance of broadening the scope of media-military engagement. He stated, “The collaboration between the military and the media should not be limited to the reporting of conflicts, terrorism, or security threats. We must extend our engagements to areas of national development, peace-building, and community engagement.”

General Lagbaja pointed out that by working together, the military and the media could highlight initiatives and projects aimed at improving the lives of Nigerian citizens. This, he noted, would not only contribute to national development but also foster a positive image of the Nigerian Army and its commitment to nation-building.

He stressed the need for joint efforts in promoting peace and security while also focusing on community inclusion and development. Such collaborations, he argued, are essential for creating a stable and secure environment that benefits all Nigerians.

General Lagbaja’s pledge to enhance media access and collaboration with the army is seen as a significant step towards fostering transparency, trust, and a stronger relationship between the military and the public.

 

 

 

Victoria Ibiama