The Nigerian Army on Thursday donated a brand new G-Wagon 80 SUV to the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations in a bid to boost the relationship between the media and the military even as it (Army) sought the cooperation of NIPR in the fight against fake news especially as it concerns the war against terrorism.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, represented by the Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Major General Hamza Ibrahim Bature, while speaking at the event which took place at the national headquarters of NIPR at Wuse, Zone 6, noted that it was part of the corporate social responsibility of the Army towards ensuring that all stakeholders bond to defeating the common enemies of the country.
Maj Gen Bature said, “This noble institution has done well, has partnered and is still partnering with the Nigerian Army in public relations. This presentation is done by the COAS to ensure healthy and truthful information cooperation between the media and the Nigerian Army.
Continuing he said, ” We are in an era of fake news syndrome which poses great danger to the image of organizations and institutions. For the Nigerian Military and other security agencies confronting the myraids of security challenges, fake news serves as distraction to commitment to tackle security challenges.
Responding, NIPR President, Mallam Muktar Sirajo, who was represented by Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, ACG Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, National Vice Chairman of the NIPR Council, expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Army for the
Donation of the vehicle.
He commended the sacrifices of the Nigerian Army, sister services and other security agencies in the fight against national and other security threats noting that NIPR will join in the fight against fake news in the country.
Disclosing that NIPR was aware that the department of Civil Military Affairs had consistently ensured that the populace is carried along in all military operations embarked by the army, ACG e pressed happiness that the army realized the importance of public relations in day to day operations.
Present at the occassion were Brigadier General TO Olowomeye, Brigadier General EA Aladeniyi and Brigadier General AA Goni.
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