By Olayemi Esan
The newly appointed Nigerian Army Spokesperson, Brigadier General Mohammed M. Yerima has assumed duty with a call on the Nigerian media to continue to play down on activities of kidnappings, terrorists, bandits in the interest of national security.
Brigadier Gen. Yerima, who made the appeal at the handing and taking over ceremony held at Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR) at Army Headquarters, Abuja said that it is collective responsibility of media and Army to ensure that through the patriotic discharge of different constitutional obligations, the country remains secured, peaceful and progressive.
He described Nigerian media, as the vibrant fourth estate of the realm, an indispensable partner with military in the protection and preservation of Nigeria project.
He added that, he have no doubt that the Nigerian media is very patriotic and that they understand that it behooves on all Nigerians to contribute their own quota to ensure that the enemies of Nigerian state, who are intent on destroying the country via insecurity.
While thanking the media, he urged them to improve on their reportage as nothing boosts morale of troops fighting at war front than the solidarity of all Nigerians, especially media reports.
"Your reports will ginger their zeal and fighting spirit and sacrifice to the nation" he said
Brigadier Gen. Yerima, said, “My vision is to have a professional, proactive and efficient public relations directorate in the performance of its duties.
“Public Relations and information management are key to success in military operations, in light of the current security challenges in the country.
He also annouced that, his office is opened to constructive engagements and criticisms that will support the military ipeoratiosn against the enemoies of the country.
"The COAS who was once a military spokesperson is determined to sustain the enduring relationship with the media through trust, respect and mutual understanding.
While commending his predecessor Brigadier General Sagir Musa for a job well done, Yerima promised to sustain the efforts already in place.
Brigadier Yerima had served in various military formations.
He was ADC to Commander TRADOC, Major General Ishola William between 1990-1993, Public Relations Officer NAOWA in the Office of Chief of Army Staff 1994, Spokesperson 81 Division of the Nigerian Army 1995-1996, PRO Nigerian Defence Academy 1996-2000 and Military Spokesperson United Nation Mission in Sierra Leone 2000-2002.
He also served as public relations officers in many military formations since his return to Nigeria.