The Director Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Benjamin Sawyerr, says the Armed Forces under the leadership of Gen. Lucky Irabor, will not allow Nigeria to disintegrate, he assured Nigerians that the Armed Forces is always committed to ensuring national security, peace and unity of Nigeria.
Sawyerr stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Buki Ponle in Abuja.
While stressing the importance of the media in tackling the security challenges in the country, he said information management in times of crisis is vital.
“Timely dissemination of information and most importantly, disseminating credible and verifiable information, not sensational information, is very vital.
“We at the Armed Forces of Nigeria are the institution that holds this nation together.
“Anywhere you see a failed state is because the Armed Forces have collapsed.
“I saw it in Liberia, I saw it in Sierra Leone and I can assure you that with the lesson we have seen in the past, the Armed Forces of Nigeria under the leadership of Gen. Irabor will never allow Nigeria to collapse.
“The crop of officers working under him are committed to national security, peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians, economic development and political and social cohabitation.
“So, we know and identify the importance of the media,” he said.
He said that the visit was to thank the management and to further strengthen the existing relationship between media outlets and the Armed Forces.
“We want to partner with those agencies who propagate news that when we propagate news, it should be news that has behind it the implications of national interest and national security.
“I must say that has been doing credibly well in this aspect by churning out genuine news.
“I want to assure you that whatever thing we serve you will be credible and timely.
“When we hold on to the news, it is for the interest of national interest but we will always keep you abreast,” he said.
The Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria Mr Buki Ponle, assured Sawyerr that the agency would continue to support the Armed Forces by presenting credible news in the interest of the nation.
He urged media houses to always consider national security and national interest when writing news reports.
He expressed confidence that the military would be committed to keeping the country united.
“I appeal to our media colleagues to consider the country first and foremost and I’m optimistic that we will overcome this phase,” he said.