Nigerian Army warns against presenting the military in bad light

Posted by News Express | 10 April 2020 | 788 times

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•Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa

Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, has warned the general public to stop presenting the military in bad light. According him, this development creates a wrong impression and general perception of soldiers negatively and projects them as undisciplined and brutal.

In a statement titled, “Stop Depicting the Military As Brutal In Your Drama Skits”, the Army Spokesman said: “There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a variety of measures to stem its spread in our country. Some of these measures include restriction of movement, lockdown and stay at home directives which are being enforced by various government and security agencies. Some creative Nigerians found it expedient to provide comic relief through the production of funny jokes, graphics, drama skits and video clips to entertain the public. The materials are circulated through social media.

“Unfortunately, most of these clips circulating on social media bordered on the Nigerian soldier and projecting the military as lawless, brutal and being harsh on people flouting the stay at home order pursuant to the lockdown and stay at home directives imposed in some states in Nigeria, “he said, adding, “There is no doubt this drama skit and video clips denigrate and cast the military and the security forces in a bad light.” 

The statement noted that, the military personnel, “are well trained and dedicated professionals that perform our constitutional duties diligently and dispassionately with utmost regards for human rights and rules of engagement. It is wrong to continue to produce such drama skits, video clips and graphics at the expense of the excellent image of the Nigerian soldier. It affects troop’s morale and has a broad implication for national security.”

It warned that, “No nation or good citizen make jest of its military,” adding: “Therefore, we are appealing to well-meaning Nigerians and producers of such materials to desist forthwith. The military or security agencies should not be made the subject or focus of those skits at the expense of a key and strategic arm of the security architecture of our great nation.

“On our part, we will continue to discharge our constitutionally assigned tasks professionally respecting human rights and rules of engagement. We will also investigate the source of such props and costumes and ensure that military uniforms will not be used to denigrate the military.”

Source: News Express

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