The New Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Jude Chukwu has appealed to the press to downplay the activities of insurgents, according to a report by The Nigerian.
He said the publicity given to the activities of the insurgents coukd undermine national security.
Brigadier General Chukwu who was speaking during his taking over ceremony at the Nigerian Army conference room on Monday stressed that national security must at all times be placed above any other interest if the country must win the war against the challenges of internal security.
He said: “Information management is very crucial to military operation as such, I must emphasize that national security should be placed above all other interest in your reportage, and you must maintain the professional code of ethics in your coverage of the Nigerian Army, so as the place the Army on a high pedestals”.
As the new army spokesperson, he said, “My vision is to have a professional, proactive and efficient public relations directorate in the performance of its duties.
” Public Relations and information management are key to success in military operations, in light of the current security challenges in the country. “This no doubt underscores the importance of the directorate is to success. Protection of national security is mainly the responsibility of the armed forces however, safeguarding national security is the responsibility of all citizens.
He commended the outgoing director of Army Public relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman for gaining public support for the Nigerian Army in its operations, and promised to sustain the efforts already in place.