The Chief of Defense Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, has appealed to the media to showcase the roles of the military in nation building in order to correct the misconceptions of the populace.
During a workshop on Civil-Military Relations, held on Thursday in Kaduna, Olonisakin stated that the Nigerian military has redoubled efforts to establish its relationship with the civil populace by creating more platforms for civil and military engagement.
In his words, “Today, the military has intensified efforts to build bridges of understanding between itself and the civil populace.”
Olonisakin added that the existing misconception is gradually getting belittled as a result of the policies of the military to create a platform for enhanced mutual engagement.
According to him, the armed forces are open to all citizens and called on media practitioners to regard the military as partners in the defence of the right of citizens and the territorial integrity of the country.
“The involvement of the Military in the Country’s internal security is as a result of new and conventional dimension which witnessed the form of terrorism and insurgency and other criminalities with consequence usually beyond the purview of conventional Police,” he noted.
He alleged that the achievement and sacrifices of the military are usually down played by some media houses.
The defence chief, therefore, urged the media to give required support for the military to bring to an end the insurgency, wanton killings by herders and militants.
“The common goal and shared responsibility of the Military and the media is the protection of the citizens; this makes it important to collaborate,” he said.