The newly-appointed Director, Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, has assured Defence correspondents covering activities of the Nigerian Army that his doors will be open at all times in order to respond to their enquires.
“My team and I will do all we can to make your job of informing Nigerians much easier,” he promised.
Yerima, gave the assurance at the Army Headquarters on Wednesday after he officially took over from Brig. Gen. Sagir Musa, his predecessor.
He pointed out that the Nigerian Army, under the current Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, values the media’s partnership and cooperation.
The Army spokesperson, noted that the Nigerian media, the vibrant fourth estate of the realm, is an indispensable partner with the military in the protection and preservation of Nigerian project.
He said: “The better part of my career in the military have been devoted to this very important relationship with the media and I have always cherished the idea of working with you to give our people the right information about the military and its operations.”
According to Gen. Yerima, nothing boosts the morale of the fighting troops more than the solidarity of all Nigerians, especially media reports that ginger their zeal and fighting spirit and sacrifice to the nation.
On his part, Brig. Gen. Musa, said though he was the Army’s spokesperson at a critical period which it was battling insecurity, he nevertheless discharge his duties professionally, diligently and responsively.
He asked God to protect and guide his successor, as he settle down to steer the affairs of the Army’s Public Relations Directorate.