Insurgency In Nigeria: “Military-Civil Relations Vital In Peace Keeping Process” - Says Governor Oyetola

by Tunde Olorungbotemi, Osogbo

Osun state governor (Gboyega Oyetola), Army generals and Participants of today's 10th Social Media influencers seminar at Osogbo(VAM gallery)

THE executive governor of the State of Osun, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola was today invited by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, as the Special Guest of Honour at this seminar organised by the Nigerian Army for social media practitioners. The event came up at the Aenon Suites, G.R.A, Osogbo.

The governor salute the vision of the Chief of Army Staff for engaging in Military-Civil Relations activities to foster cordial relationship as part of the non-kinetic operations designed to improve Army operations and restore peace to the nation.

The theme of this seminar, Civil-Military Relations: "The Evolving Role of the Social Media in Support of the Nigerian Army’s Non-Kinetic Line of Operations", is apt and timely as it is coming at these challenging times when fake news is menacingly fuelling the raging insecurity and hampering the modest efforts of the military to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.

The governor said, “This seminar offers a potent platform for the military who has responsibility to secure the territorial integrity and security of the nation and social media practitioners who have a duty to hold the military and other agencies to account to address grey areas that are capable of compromising security, endangering the public interest and hampering professionalism in the public interest while also collaborating on professional areas that can be mutually beneficial for the nation and their respective professions”.

“Communication is central to military and security operations. It has the capacity to make or mar security strategies and operations and consequently secure the nation or expose it to jeopardy. This realisation makes it expedient for the military and media practitioners to constantly collaborate with the social media to interrogate their operations in the national and the public interests”.

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It is therefore gratifying that the Nigerian Army has organised this seminar to provide an avenue for it to enlighten the civil populace about its activities and to collaborate with social media practitioners to seek their cooperation and to curb the fake news syndrome that is cancerous to military operations.

The non-conventional and militia nature of the nation’s raging insecurity makes collaboration between the military and the civilian expedient, especially in a world heavily driven by technology. A blend of active and soft forces is required to win the insecurity war and perpetually restore peace to the nation.

In these days of citizen journalism and sprawling social media presence, which put a huge chunk of information in the public domain, there have to be coordinated efforts to manage information for optimum national interest and make civilians realise that they have a crucial role to play in delivering and restoring the desired peace and social order.

The emergence of technology and the social media has increased the complexity of achieving these roles and has therefore created the need for both the military and the media to continue to collaborate in the national interest”.


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