Buhari calls for robust relationship between security heads, spokespersons
In order to carry Nigerians along in the fight against insecurity, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a robust relationship between heads of security agencies, their spokespersons and the media.
Buhari made the call in a message to the opening of a strategic meeting of spokespersons of various security agencies in the country, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The event, which has Public Relations Officers of several security and law enforcement agencies in attendance, is to strategise on reporting security issues during the 2023 elections.
The President, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said it was important for heads of security agencies to be open to their spokespersons and the media at all times.
“Give them a sense of belonging to do their job to the best of their ability, remembering Public Relations Officers only when in trouble is not the right way to go,” he added.
The President said communication doors must be left open, “so that it is not only when you run into trouble that you remember them.
“If there is a need to accept wrongs, quickly accept it; don’t try to cover infractions, apologise to the public, this will help get the confidence of the public.”
Earlier, Dr Ahmed Audi, Commandant General (CG), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said that the strategic meeting was to address critical issues and explore challenges ahead of the 2023 elections.
“Sensitivity is part of security architecture, this conference will further deepen knowledge in the handling of sensitive security information.
“The public has the right to know, however, their knowledge has to be strategic as well, for improved operational efficiency going forward,” he said.
Audi explained that security agencies also rely on credible information from citizens to ensure the timely prevention of crimes and in managing conflicts.
“Every member of the society has a level of responsibility in ensuring security.
“Some need to volunteer information, some to provide counseling and some to engage in the theatre of the war itself,” the CG said.
He however said that existing strategic communication channels must be improved upon and sustained to allow the public to have confidence in security operatives.