The Director of Amy Public Relations Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, has called for collaboration between the Nigerian Army and the media to tackle security challenges confronting the nation.
According to him, “it is an indisputable and very well established fact, that the sword or gun cannot alone, provide a panacea to the complex and multifaceted security challenges that characterize todays world.”
He stated this Wednesday while assuming duty as the new spokesperson of the Nigerian Army in Abuja.
He said, ” I have no doubt, in my mind of the responsibilities of my office as the Director Army Public Relations, which is summarily to project the activities of the NA with the objective of galvanizing public goodwill and support for the NA, as its strives assiduously to surmount contemporary security challenges bedeviling our nation.
“I must therefore, make haste to say that the complex nature of these security challenges requires multi-disciplinary approach and a conglomerate of stakeholders of which the media is a very vital one. In decisively overcoming these challenges, the NA and the media must be partners in progress to surmount this security threats in order to berth the peace and tranquility we all earnestly desire as a people and nation.”
He urged the media to remain steadfast in educating and shaping public perception of Nigerians about the Army positively.”I implore you all to remain steadfast as you carry out your essential role of educating and informing the public, thereby bringing the society up to speed on the happenings in the defence and security sector.”
I urge you to use your reportage and medium to positively shape public perception and opinion towards endearing national defence and security institutions to the public. This, I believe will enable the harnessing of requisite elements of national power to confront our common adversaries, ” he said.