The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced that his ministry will soon launch a massive national campaign in support of the military, especially in their fight against
insurgency and insecurity
He said the campaign, which will be similar to the previous ones launched by the ministry on burning issues such as fake news and hate speech, insurgency and the fight against corruption, will mobilise
Nigerians irrespective of their political leanings to show support for the military.
“I think it is high time that everybody, irrespective of political affiliation, joined in supporting the war (against insurgency). It’s not unusual, as a matter of fact it’s usually the practice, that when
a country is faced with this kind of challenge, people will sink their differences and work together. So, very soon, you will expect to hear from us on this campaign to support the military in the fight against
not just insurgency but in the fight against insecurity,” Alhaji Mohammed said at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday
He said the national campaign, which will be multi-faceted, will include the production and airing of special jingles on radio and television, social media intervention and advocacy.
The Minister decried how some Nigerians, particularly opposition politicians, have made it their past-time to wage a campaign of disinformation against the military on the social media, saying such
unpatriotic acts are discouraging and demoralizing the men and women in uniform.
Alhaji Mohammed said even though the government would neither censor
nor gag the media, journalists must strike a balance between the
constitutionally-guaranteed freedom to receive and impart information
and national security.