The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the military’s biggest problem is the social media and not Boko Haram.
According to Mohammed, “the activities of a section of the media and some opposition political parties are demoralizing the military and strengthening the insurgents.”
He stressed that the government would not censor the media but advised journalists to “strike a balance between the constitutionally-guaranteed freedom to receive and impart information and national security.”
The Minister urged Nigerians to join in supporting the war against the insurgency, irrespective of political affiliation.
Mohammed, who spoke through his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, said this on Tuesday at a press conference in Abuja.
He said, “I think the biggest opposition probably today that the military has is probably not Boko Haram, it’s probably the social media because it’s so uncontrolled.
“Today, video clips are doctored and clips of happenings in other lands are now reported and sent out as if they are happening in Nigeria. Unfortunately, there is no one to hold responsible. This is very discouraging and it demoralises the military.
“That brings me to the bigger issue of overall support for our military. Recent developments are disturbing. The activities of a section of the media and some opposition political parties are demoralizing the military and strengthening the insurgents.
“Without seeking or waiting for official clarification, outrageous casualty figures are prominently reported. Without consideration for national security, military plans are recklessly revealed.
“We are planning to launch a national campaign to rally support for the military. We believe the men and women who are risking all to keep us safe deserve the support and prayers of all Nigerians, not vilification, insults and other acts that are capable of dampening their morale.”