The Executive Director, Security Affairs Limited, Austin Peacemaker, in Kaduna on Monday urged social media influencers and online journalists to support the efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces towards combating crimes in the county.
To Austin, the social media influencers and online journalists need to be conscious of posting and publishing stories capable of promoting criminal elements while demoralising the armed forces personnel who are having sleepless nights to protect the country’s territorial integrity.
Austin spoke at the sideline of the 15th edition of social media influencers seminar themed, “The Evolving Role of the Social Media in Support of the Nigerian Army Non-kinetic Line of Operations” organised by the Department of Civil-Military Affairs, Army Headquarters in collaboration with Security Affairs Limited.
According to him, the seminar was first conducted in Port Harcourt, later in Maiduguri, Owerri, Ibadan, Lagos, Uyo, Osogbo among other locations across the country.
“We are here in Kaduna to gather and discuss the issue that affects us as people and as a country. We are majorly young people here who influence the use of social media.
“We need to promote our country. There is no need for fake news and misinformation for whatever reason because we don’t have another country we can call our own. So, we need to support our armed forces. Negative unverified reports against our county are not good for our image and it is the no-no-no thing for us to do.
As we are here as social media influencers, bloggers and online journalists, the time has come for us to support our armed forces in their efforts to tackle insecurity.
“We came up with this initiative to ensure that there is a continuous dialogue in a good democracy. We believe if we talk, engage and rub minds we won’t fight or clash”, he opined.
Earlier, Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Nigerian Army, Major General MG Kangye who was represented by Brigadier General E E Egbe, noted that the seminar became necessary having understood that millions of Nigerians rely on social media platforms as their sources of information, hence, the need for the influencers and online journalists to fact-check every information at their disposals before sharing on their various handles websites.
The army bigwigs said the seminar started in 2018 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as one of the ways the Nigerian Army interacts with the civil populace to foster harmonious and cordial Civil-Military relations which have been enabling the Nigerian Army to receive feedback on how to serve the Nigerian populace better.
He was confident that, the forum would again provide the army with the necessary and needed opportunity to freely interact, discuss, share ideas and rub minds particularly towards the eradication of the fake news syndrome in the country quickly added that, “security is everybody’s business”.