Not less than 400 social media influencers attended the 8th edition of Social media influencers seminar on “Civil-Military Relations under the theme: The Evolving Role of the Social Media in Support of the Nigerian Army’s Non-kinetic line of Operations “.
The seminar organised by the Nigerian Army Headquarters’ Department of Civil-Military Affairs (DCMA), in partnership with Security Affairs brought together Social media influencers from different parts of Nigeria for an interactive session meant for the North West region being the first for the year 2020.
The seminar had in attendance, the Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Maj. Gen US Mohammed, Director PSYOPS AHQ DCMA Brig Gen EA Aladeniyi as well as Hon Dahiru Yusuf Yabo, the Special Assistant for Special Duties to his excellency the Executive Governor of Sokoto state who represented the State Governor.
Also in attendance were staff officers from Headquarters 8 Division, the Human Rights Desk Officers AHQ DCMA as well as participants drawn from the civil populace which included several student bodies, NGOs,CSOs and members of several other civil organisations.
Others are academics from tertiary institutions and journalists from conventional and social media users, practitioners and influencers within Sokoto and environs.
Speaking at the interactive session, Maj. Gen. Usman Muhammad, the Chief of Military Civic Affairs in the Army Headquarters said that the seminar which started in 2018 at Port Harcourt was the Nigerian Army’s way of interacting with the civil populace to foster a harmonious and cordial Civil-Military Relationship.
According to him, the Nigerian Army believes in touching the lives of the average citizens for the better in addition to its constitutional roles and as part of the Nigerian Army’s cooperate social responsibilities.
“In the area of community outreaches through Quick Impact Projects, the Nigerian Army in last 5 years have carried out more than 100 Civil Military Related Projects all aimed at bridging the gap with the civil populace and ensuring the Nigerian Army is seen in a positive light”.
The Army General appreciated all for honouring the invitation to be part of the programme and requested that they participate freely as well as come with suggestions to enable the Nigerian Army serve them better.
The Chief Executive of Security Affairs, Austine Peacemaker said wrong usage of social media in propagating fake news and hate speeches are destructive, misleading and can undermine the efforts of the various institutions that are working to keep the country together as one.
Peacemaker urged participants to imbibe the spirit of love and patriotism for Nigeria and caution social media influencers on the kind of information they push to the public.
In his remarks the representative of the executive governor of Sokoto state commended the Nigerian Army for the novel initiative and encouraged them to do more.