From left: newly elected Chairman of Borno Correspondents’ Chapel, NUJ, Mr Inusa Ndahi Marama and the Theatre Commander, ‘Operation Hadin Kai’, Major General Christopher Musa during a courtesy call to the Theatre Command yesterday.
By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri
The Theatre Commander of ‘Operation Hadin Kai’, (OPHK) responsible for the fight against remnants of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorist group, Major General Christopher Musa has applauded the concerted and collaborative efforts displayed by professional Working Journalists in Borno state and the northeast in general, which he noted led to the massive surrendering of terrorists after laying down their arms to troops and embrace peace.
He said the role of the media in conflict and terrorism reporting is very significant to the security agencies, as it would not only report the success stories but also assist in managing situations.
He said the media played a greater role in dashing out meaningful information to the general public as they unfold.
General Musa stated this yesterday when the newly elected Executive Council Members (EXCOs) of the Borno State Correspondents’ Chapel led by its Chairman, Mr Inusa Ndahi Marama led his team on a courtesy call and familiarization visit to the Theatre Commander at his office, 7 Div, Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri, the state capital.
He said, since he assumed duty precisely in June 2021, he has been maintaining a cordial relationship with working Journalists and solicited the same cooperation to continue under the present newly-elected Excos of the Correspondents’ Chapel who are mostly operating independently and representing various national and international Media Organizations.
He said the fraternized visit led by the newly elected Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel and his team will open a new way on way forward.
“On behalf of Officers and Men of Operation HADIN KAI, I congratulated the new EXCOs over their appointments and wish them more wisdom, courage and resilience to stir the affairs of the body in a good light.”
He further reiterated that the fight against insurgency is a collective responsibility and a national project therefore, there is a need for a strong synergy and collaboration between the military and the media.
According to him, everyone must always put the national interest first in their conduct and further urged them to be patriotic in their reportage.
The Theatre Commander commended them for the great job they are doing and urged them not to deviate while maintaining constant communication with the command which is key to getting reliable information on the operational activities of Operation HADIN KAI.
In his words, he said, “Whenever in doubt, the door is always open for clarification in order to avoid conflicting narratives and I wish you well in all your endeavour”. He stated.
In his remarks, Mr Ndahi stated that they are on the visit to present themselves to the Theatre Commander Operation HADIN KAI as the newly elected EXCOs of the Correspondents’ Chapel of NUJ Borno State Chapter.
Mr Inusa Ndahi reassured the Theatre Commander of their resolve to strengthen the already existing relationship between the Theatre Command and the outgone EXCOs and therefore solicit the same cooperation and attention the former EXCOs enjoyed during their tenure with the Command.
The Chairman used the medium to extol the Theatre Commander, officers and all troops of OPHK for their untiring efforts in the fight against terrorism
as evidently seen in the relative peace the people of Borno State are enjoying and promised to support that effort through balanced reportage.
Those who accompanied the Chairman include; the Vice Chairman, Mr Hamza Suleiman of the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), the Secretary, and Mr Ismaila Alfa of the Associated Press.
Others are Mr Ahmed Mari of Champion Newspapers, Assistant Secretary, Bilyaminu Yusuf of Radio France International, Treasurer and Mr Julius Emmanuel of TVC, Auditor.
The highlight of the events was the signing of the visitor’s book, presentation of plaque and group photograph.