Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff, praises NAOSRE.
Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, Nigeria’s 22nd Chief of Army Staff, has praised the National Association of Online Security Reporters, or NAOSRE, for its role in externalizing the Nigerian Army’s counter-insurgency efforts in its reporting.
When the association’s President, Comrade Oyewale Femi, led his team on a courtesy visit to Army headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, the Army Chief, who was represented by the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Major General Markus Kangye, made the remark.
The Army Chief of Staff emphasized the importance of the media in nation-building and urged NAOSRE to increase its commitment.
The cardinal focus of NAOSRE, he said, is to harmonize long-term understanding between the public and private sectors.
He noted that the cardinal focus of NAOSRE, in harmonizing sustainable understanding between military and civilians, aligns with the Nigerian Army Department of Civil-Military Affairs, DCMA, which was established to serve as an interface between the Nigerian Army and the civil populace.
He explained the Army success story in building ongoing civil-military relations which have led to better understanding between civilians and military, resulting in the continuous degrading of terrorists across Nigeria
“In Adamawa State, a woman approached me after one of our military-civil events and exclaimed that she never knew that Army could be this friendly.
“She thought she would be made to do frog jump when she came to the event. But she and others were surprised. They were all happy and we related like brothers and sisters.
“That is the kind of Army that is being led by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya. The Army, under Yahaya, is uncompromising in the respect for fundamental human rights and friendly engagements with civilians,” he stated.
Earlier, Comrade Oyewale Femi regaled the Army Chief of NAOSRE’s patriotic mission and promised to lend all necessary supports to the military so that Nigeria would be safe and remain the first choice to investors on the Continent.