The newly appointed Director, Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu on Wednesday assumed office with a promise to ensure a better relationship with the media.
Mr Nwachukwu took over from the erstwhile Director, Mohammed Yerima, who had been in the saddle in the last four month.
He pledged to bring his experience to bear in projecting the activities of the Nigerian Army with the objective of galvanising public goodwill and support for its activities.
Mr Nwachukwu also pledged to partner with the media in achieving the objective of educating and informing the public, thereby bringing the society up to speed on the happenings in defence and security sector.
He urged the media to use their medium to positively shape public perception and opinion toward endearing national defence and security institutions to the public.
This, according to him will enable the harnessing of requisite elements of national power to confront our common adversaries.
“It is an indisputable and very well established fact that the sword or gun cannot alone provide a panacea to the complex and multifaceted security challenges that characterise today’s world.
“I must therefore, make haste to say that the complex nature of these security challenges requires multi-disciplinary approach and a conglomerate of stakeholders of which the media is a very vital one.
“In decisively overcoming these challenges, the NA and the media must be partners in progress to surmount this security threats in order to berth the peace and tranquility we all earnestly desire as a people and nation,” he said.
Nwachukwu thanked the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor for the support given him as the Acting Director Defence Information and the Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, for giving him the opportunity to speak for the Army.
Earlier, the outgone Director, Mr Yerima said the Directorate of Army Public Relations under his watch had recorded commendable progress in the area of capacity building and logistics.
He commended the officers and soldiers of the directorate for their loyalty and support for him during his stint and urged them to extend same to the new spokesperson.
He also appreciated the media for their cooperation.