Nigerian Army to Embed Journalists in Low-Risk Military Operations, Says Chief of Army Staff

Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja Emphasizes Importance of Media Training in Conflict Reporting at ABU Conference

In a significant move aimed at enhancing transparency and accuracy in military operations, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has announced plans to embed journalists in low-risk military activities.

Lagbaja disclosed this initiative during the inaugural international conference organized by the Department of Mass Communication at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, on Monday.

Represented by Brig.-Gen. Moyo Akinojo, Commander of the 41 Engineering Brigade, the army chief emphasized the critical role of journalists in conflict reporting and stressed the necessity of providing them with specialized training to ensure the accurate portrayal of events.

Highlighting the importance of fostering trust and confidence among the populace, Lagbaja underscored the significant influence media narratives wield over both military operations and the socio-economic landscape of Nigeria.

In urging media practitioners to prioritize national security and development over sensationalism, Lagbaja urged for responsible reporting practices.

The announcement comes amidst growing recognition of the vital role the media plays in shaping public perception and understanding of military activities, with the initiative signaling a proactive approach by the Nigerian armed forces towards fostering greater transparency and accountability.

Prior to Lagbaja’s address, Prof. Kabiru Bala, Vice-Chancellor of ABU, commended the Department of Mass Communication for organizing the landmark international conference, urging other departments to follow suit in facilitating intellectual discourse for the advancement of national development objectives.

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