Brigadier John Agim and Colonel Nwachukwu Onyema
Brigadier John Agim and Colonel Nwachukwu Onyema

Media Should Starve Terrorists of Publicity – Col Nwachukwu, New Defence Spokesperson
The new Spokesperson of Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Colonel Nwachukwu Onyema has disclosed that terrorists survive on the oxygen of media publicity.

According to him, acts of insurgency continue to defy every possible solution because the publicity in the media seems to be the oxygen which gives life to terrorism.

Colonel Nwachukwu spoke during his inauguration as the new acting Director Defence Information (DDI) at the Defence Headquarters’ Conference Room.

He said terrorism is a societal ill and an aberration that is threatening Nigeria’s collective peace, unity and national development, hence must not be allowed to thrive.

He observed that contemporary security challenges have orchestrated a paradigm shift from the traditional interstate warfare between nation states to intra state conflicts.

Col. Nwachuckwu, then said that, such a situation engenders a plethora of security challenges ranging from terrorism, militancy, banditry and other sundry crimes.

“These developments have been most times, overwhelming for the paramilitary agencies, thereby occasioning the invitation of the military to act in aid of civil authority to restore law and order and ensure peace and stability.

“Therefore, in addition to the defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is engrossed in containing security challenges that are of internal disposition,” he said.

He called on respective reputable media to support and appreciate the AFN for its commitment and steadfastness in ensuring national security.

He appreciated members of the press, for being very professional in the military’s quest to fight terrorism, insurgency and other criminal elements for the enthronement of peace and national security.

His words: “It is therefore pertinent, to work hands in glove to deny our common adversary the oxygen of publicity and crush the grandiose ego of terrorism.”

The newly-inaugurated Defence image maker also enjoined the press to encourage the general public to equally support the military, saying that “it will go a long way to motivate and shore up their morale as they carry out the herculean task of defending the nation.”

He pledged to contribute his quota, as an information and reputation manager, to the actualization of the vision of the Chief of Defence Staff, which is to “ensure a well-motivated, trained and equipped Armed Forces that is responsive to national security commitment”.

In a remark before handing-over, the outgone DDI, Brig. Gen. John Agwim, said he was fulfilled not only for acquiring the highest level of educational qualifications and also becoming a fellow of the highly esteemed Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), but also, to have risen to the peak by serving as the spokesman for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

The former Defence spokesperson maintained that the task of managing the image and reputation of the Armed Forces is very important but quite challenging, saying: “This is because the activities and nature of military operations are one that has far-reaching implications for the nation and its citizens.”

The highpoint of the colorful ceremony was the signing of the handing-over note, and flag to the new DDI by Brig. Gen. Agim.

The NIPR President, Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo was among eminent dignitaries at the event.

By PRNigeria

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We Must Deny Terrorists the Oxygen of Publicity
Remarks by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Acting Director Defence Information on assumption of Office on February 22, 2019

I must begin by gratefully acknowledging and appreciating God Almighty for making this day a reality. May I also express my profound gratitude to the Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for giving me the opportunity to serve in my new capacity as the Acting Director Defence Information (DDI).

It is indeed an opportunity to contribute my quota, as an information, image and reputation manager, to the actualization of the vision of the Chief of Defence Staff, which is, “to ensure a well-motivated, trained and equipped Armed Forces that is responsive to national security commitment”.

There is no gainsaying, that contemporary security challenges have orchestrated a paradigm shift from the traditional interstate warfare between nation states to intra state conflicts, engendering a plethora of security challenges such as terrorism, insurgency, militancy, banditry and other sundry crimes. These developments have been most times, overwhelming for the paramilitary agencies, thereby occasioning the invitation of the military to act in aid of civil authority to restore law and other and ensure peace and stability.

Therefore, in addition to the defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is engrossed in containing security challenges that are of internal disposition. I therefore urge you to use your respective reputable media to support and appreciate the AFN for its commitment and steadfastness in ensuring national security. I also enjoin you to encourage the general public to do same, as this will to a large extent motivate our troops and shore up their morale as they carry out the herculean task of defending the nation.

May I seize this opportunity to remind us as media and public relations professionals, that publicity has been severally identified as the oxygen of terrorism. It is the life of the terrorists and keeps them going. Terrorism is a societal ill and an aberration. It is a threat to our collective peace, unity and national development and must not be allowed to thrive. It is therefore pertinent, to work hands in gloves to deny our common adversary the oxygen of publicity and crush the grandiose ego of terrorism.

At this juncture, I must profoundly appreciate members of the press, for being very professional in our common quest to fight terrorism and insurgency in the North East for the enthronement of peace and national security. I must acknowledge, that as critical stakeholders, you have defied danger and death usually associated with violent extremism by resolutely remaining firm in exposing the ills of terrorism and the hardship and trauma to which innocent citizens have been exposed. Coming from the north east theatre of operation, I have observed as you diligently went about your duties to promote justice, fairness and equity in your reportage in the face of crisis. I therefore congratulate you for the good job and sincerely thank you for your tremendous support and cooperation thus far. I implore you not to relent but rather redouble your effort in supporting the AFN until we rid our society of these criminals.

I must also express my gratitude to the outgoing DDI, Brig Gen John Agim for his candour and professionalism in steering the affairs of the Directorate of Defence Information in the past couple of years to this enviable height and to wish him utmost success in his future endeavours as he bows out, after a meritorious service in the AFN.

May I equally leverage on this window of opportunity to humbly solicit the cooperation and support of the services spokespersons and other stakeholders, as I assume office as the Acting DDI.

Your professional inputs from time to time will be undeniably welcomed. I sincerely appreciate all senior officers, Media and Public Relations Executives as well as Defence Correspondents for your esteemed presence at this occasion, despite your very busy schedules.

ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Colonel
Acting Director Defence Information

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