The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, has disclosed the new strategies the military was implementing to end insecurity in the country.
Irabor stated that the military was working on upgrading the intelligence management procedures of the defence and security sector.
He explained that the upgrade was to strengthen the overall security architecture in the country.
He disclosed these while delivering a lecture at the National Defence College on “National Security and Development: Strategic Options for Nigeria’’ on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said, “The Armed Forces of Nigeria is working round the clock to implement several new strategies that will bring about an end to various security challenges in Nigeria.
“To this effect, we are working on upgrading the intelligence management procedures of the defence and security sector to strengthen the overall security architecture in the country.
“In addition, the thrust of our foreign policy should also be re-engineered to ensure that Nigeria is actively engaged in the promotion of peace and security within our sphere of influence in West and Central Africa.”’
According to Irabor, the current security architecture revealed concerns about limited divergent approaches to tackling the emerging threats, ineffective media management, and regional security dynamics.
Irabor, however, called for developing a press code for reporting terrorism, insurgency and conflict stories.
The Army boss charged the media to refrain from broadcasting or to circulate information promoting terrorists’ objectives.
He urged the Nigerian media to emulate and domesticate the German Press Code as its guiding principle in reportage.
He said, “The media should report on such incidents in an independent and authentic way, but not allow itself to be made the tool of criminals.
“The German Press Code, for example, says in reporting actual and threatened acts of violence, the press should carefully weigh the public interest in information against the interest of victims and other people involved.”