ATILOGWU UDO 1: NIGERIAN ARMY SEEKS COLLABORATION WITH MEDIA IN NEW MILITARY EXERCISE.
In order to create the desired awareness to the public on the proposed military exercise tagged “Atilogwu Udo 1”, the media in the country have been enjoined to disseminate only information that will serve national interest.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Turkur Buratai who made the call at a civil- media military Relations summit at the headquarters of the Nigerian Army, 82 Division, Enugu, said they should discharge their assignment without bias.
The COS was represented by Army Chief of Training and Operations, Major General E. O Udoh who said the Summit is in line with the desire of the military to keep the public informed about the activities of the military and to galvanize the support of the media in achieving a sane society.
He said the summit is also intended to serve as a means of improving civil military relations and improve the knowledge and understanding of the activities of the military by the public.
According to him, military exercises such as Atilogwu Udo 1, Crocodile Smile, etc are part of activities of the military for 2019 within the period.
As for the General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General L.A Adeboye, the summit is geared towards enlightening the media on the true aim of “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1” (Dance of Peace), a military operation created to ensure the safety of Nigerians in the South East region against kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the zone during the ember months.
A guest lecturer at the summit, Dr. Ifeanyi Dibugwu of the Department of Mass Communication, Enugu state University of Science and Technology, while speaking on the theme tagged “Galvanizing Citizens Support for Military Operations in Nigeria Through the Media”, the essence of the new exercise slated for November is to correct the wrong impression created by the “Python Dance” which he said was interpreted to be so many things by different people.
He however said there was need for the military to understand the characteristics of media outfits in the country and how to relate with the personnel to achieve a positive media relationship with them.
He further advocated for adequate funding of the army Public Relations department, adding that if the right things are done, hostility towards the military will be replaced by sympathy, acceptance will take the place of prejudice, interest for apathy and knowledge in place of ignorance by the masses.
There was a display of Atilogwu dance by a cultural troupe.
The summit was attended by journalists covering various media outfits in the South East zone.