The Defence Headquarters said on Friday that the Chief of Defence staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Service Chiefs of the three services, on Thursday met with the Director General, Department of State Service in Maiduguri where the on-going operations in the North East, particularly, the operation to get back the Dapchi girls was reviewed.
DHQ said, “During the review, the pattern of information management in all the military operations was also reviewed”.
“It was sadly observed that, the military operation strategies have always been in the media space thereby giving the insurgents and terrorists opportunity to re-strategize” a statement signed by Brig-General John Agim, Acting Director, Defence Information said.
The meeting “recommended that hence forth, the military information arms will be communicating the successes rather than strategies”.
“The Chief of Defence Staff solicits for media cooperation and support of all the stakeholders as well as members of the general public in the on-going efforts.
“However, it is very important to be mindful of speculations that could jeopardize the on-going efforts as well as put the lives of the girls or any other persons involve in the efforts at risk.
“For instance, the speculations that is awash in the media that fishermen and farmers have been employed by the military to search for the abducted girls is misleading as this could endanger the lives of the girls in question and the fishermen and farmers.
“Even though the military is soliciting for useful information to facilitate its operations, the fishermen and farmers have not been singled out for this assistance, rather all well-meaning members of the public are urged to provide useful information” DHQ said.