As part of efforts to provide the missing components of the war against terrorism, the Federal Government has charged the broadcast media in the country to keep up sensitizing the citizenry so that they can be more security conscious and help end the spate of suicide bombings in some parts of the country.
The call was made when the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed held an interactive meeting with the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday, where he also said that the on-going National Security Awareness campaign must be embraced by all.
Specifically, he said the campaign is aimed at sensitization to support the military which has availed itself creditably in the battle.
He emphatically stated that in the time of war, especially one that threatens the nation’s existence, the media cannot afford to be neutral. The campaign also has a critical concept behind it.
“It is also aimed at alerting Nigerians to the need to be more security conscious, to be able to identify Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), the weapon of choice being deployed by the cowardly terrorists, and also to fish out potential suicide bombers before they strike.”
Mr Mohammed posited that the Federal Government believes that the military has succeeded in massively degrading the capacity of Boko Haram terrorists to carry out the kind of attacks they used to launch in the past.
“Because the terrorists have been pushed to the fringes and routed from their strongholds, they now have resorted to attacking soft targets, that is, highly vulnerable places like markets, motor parks, mosques, entertainment centres and schools, killing innocent people, so that they can be more security conscious and help to end the spate of suicide bombing that are last vestiges of fading insurgency.”
The Minister commended Voice of Nigeria, Nigeria Television Authority, Radio Nigeria and News Agency of Nigeria on the role they have been playing in the sensitization campaign against insurgency and called on the other members of Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria to follow suit.
He told the broadcasters, especially the private members that in as much as profit making is one of their main targets, there was the need to emphasise a peaceful Nigeria, because without a peaceful nation no business would thrive in the first place.
Responding, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. Shola Omole concurred with the Minister’s submission. He affirmed that the body would key into the mission and the campaign.
“Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria will do everything possible to assist government in that regard. The continued survival of the nation is the business of all. So we must do our best to support the government.BON will rise to the occasion.”