The Chief of Civil Military Affairs of the Nigerian Army, Major Gen. Murkus Kangye has lamented that the giant strides recorded by the Nigerian Army in the war against terrorism, insurgency, banditry and others have remained largely under reported by the Nigeria media.
He said most media organisations prefer rather to over sensationalise the issues rather than celebrating gallantry, adding that such acts only give credence to the activities of criminals and boast their morale.
Kangye spoke in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state at the opening ceremony of the 14th edition of the Social Influencers seminar which held at the Watbridge Hotel and Suites, Uyo the state capital with the theme ” The Evolving Role of the Social Media in Support of the Nigerian Army Non-kinetic Line of Operations”
“I make bold to inform this gathering that the Nigerian Army is making giant strides in the fight against terrorism, insurgency, banditry, and other forms of criminality in the country. Unfortunately, such efforts are always under reported thereby undermining the unrelenting efforts and sacrifices of our selfless soldiers at tackling insecurity.
“Conversely, most media houses prefer to propagate sensitive reportage that scare and attract negative attention rather than headlines geared towards celebrating the gallantry and efforts of our troops.
“Such acts give credence to the activities of criminals as well as boost their morale and confidence to commit more crimes”
However, he expressed the hope that such narratives would change for the better as the Army interacts with the media professionals and share ideas
“There is no doubt that this forum will again provide us the necessary and needed opportunity to freely interact, discuss, share ideas and rub minds particularly towards eradication of fake news syndrome”
He explained that the seminar is expected to provide an avenue to enlighten the media about developments in the Nigerian Army saying a lot is being done through the Department of Civil Military Affairs since its inception in 2010, to bridge the perceived gap.