The newly appointed Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr has called on the Nigerian media to guide against sensational reportage which seeks to undermine national security.
Maj Gen Sawyerr gave the charge while takingover as the new spokesman of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), in a brief ceremony held today, 30 July, 2021 at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja.
The DDI who described the media as a vital component in the entire process of any campaign plan, either conventional or asymmetric warfare, solicited media operators support in all spectrums towards jettisoning sensational headlines that give undue publicity to perpetrators of criminal acts that tend to undermine national security. He however, urged the media to be objective, fair and balanced in their reportage. Maj Gen Sawyerr, further explained his responsibilities as the new image maker of the AFN to include projecting and galvanizing media and citizens support for all military operations.
He noted that the AFN in synergy with other security agencies have continued to work round the clock in surmounting the various security threats. These security challenges, he said, would in no distant time be a thing of the past, as a result of the positive feelers emanating from the theatres of operation.
He commended the efforts of the Deputy Director, Defence Information, Air Commodore Wap Martin Maigida for professionally piloting the affairs of the Directorate while acting as Defence spokesman. He pledged to leverage on the successes recorded as well as the experience gathered over the years. The immediate past Acting DDI, Air Cdre Maigida, earlier in his remarks, expressed gratitude to the CDS for his unflinching supports during his tenure.
He commended the media, particularly, the Defence Correspondents for their unwavering support and cooperation throughout his tenure and urged them to redouble their efforts in projecting the positive image of the AFN in the quest of ensuring national security.
The occasion was witnessed by senior media practitioners.
Until his recent appointment, Maj Gen Sawyerr was the Commandant Nigerian Army Armour School, in Bauchi State.
Assistant Director Defence Information
30 July 2021