Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has identified projection of regional interest by mass media over national interest as a major challenge to national security.
Buratai said this yesterday while presenting a paper on ‘Media and National Security’ at the ongoing National Media Summit organised by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Represented by the commandant, Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information, Col. John Agim, the army boss noted that many media reportage had no consideration for imperative national interest.
Buratai, who noted that national security should be a collective responsibility, added that consideration was also given to the overbearing influence of ownership and control over national interest.
Described as complete negation of media ethics, Buratai said many mass media were established to project the political interest of owners as against national interest.
According to him, Nigeria will be better secured if reportage places national security above all other considerations.
He also recommended that media should rise above regional, political and commercial interest of owners for a well secured nation.
In his own submission, the former director general of Department of State Services, Col. Kayode Are (rtd) advised media practitioners to stop denigrating or destroying the integrity of Nigerian leaders.
Aare, who lauded the media for playing a major and positive role in installing democracy in Nigeria, however warned against inciting the public against one another.
He identified a newspaper incitement during a Miss World contest in Kaduna and the cartoon of Prophet Muhammed which sparked violence in Maiduguri and other parts of the north as examples of negative element of the media.
He, however, advised the media to control internal processes through self-regulation, adding that the media must also be ready for scrutiny.

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