The Federal Government disclosed,
yesterday, that talks are ongoing for the release of more girls abducted by
Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity
to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina said shortly after delivering
lectures at the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information
(NASPRI) annual media workshop for Defence Correspondents and Commanding
Adesina said with talks still
ongoing, many more girls would be recovered.
He debunked reports that federal
government knows sponsors of Boko Haram and explained that, if government knows
the sponsors and it is sure that they are sponsors, they would not be spared.
Adesina’s comments came shortly
after he urged the military to be more open in its relationship with the media
“to ensure that friction in information management are avoided.”
He bemoaned mutual distrust between
the media and the military, and noted that the military must allow the media,
controlled access to information to enable it work effectively.
“If we don’t tell our side of the
story, shame on us. Reporters are like alligators. You don’t have to love them,
but, you do have to feed them,” Adesina said, quoting an American soldier.
He said that it is important that
the military feeds the media with information, and said that like alligators, a
hungry media is “doubly dangerous.”
Adesina added that “the change
which is obtainable in the political circle must also be seen in the
relationship between the media and the military, especially as the media
expects open and independent news coverage, facilitated by the military.
“This is one of the most credible
methods of communicating the military’s message,” adding that “the military
should adopt credential media as this forecloses bad journalism and fosters
Earlier, Chief of Army Staff,
Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said
activities of Boko Haram are capable of
destroying the development and economic wellbeing of the nation if the group is
not completely wiped out.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians
to cooperate with the military and other security agencies by way of providing
timely information on suspicious activities of individuals and groups in their
communities and localities.
General Buratai, who was
represented by Major General Peter Bojie, said providing information to the
military will go a long way in assisting security agencies counter activities
of tinsurgents and perpetrators of evil in Nigeria.