National Security Advisor Babagana Monguno blames media for rise in bandit attacks

The national security adviser, retired major general. Babagana Monguno, blamed the media for the increase in bandit attacks around the Federal Capital Territory.

Monguno said this during Thursday’s National Security Council emergency meeting in Abuja.

He said Nigeria currently faces an asymmetric conflict which is a collective effort, citing that it is not something that should be confined to security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies alone.

What the National Security Advisor Says

Monguno, who said the Council is concerned about the nature of incidents reported by the media regarding insecurity, said:

It is important for the media to understand that certain reports generated by the media, either the manner, the manner in which they report can also aggravate this delicate situation.

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“The Council therefore urges the media to be very careful in what they report, anything that comes out in the public space, can have a debilitating effect on the population..

He also urged the political elite to consider the consequences of statements, especially people who have established a reputation, people seen as opinion leaders and people seen as having some influence in society.

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Anything that comes out may be detrimental, not just to the government, if that is the intention, which I doubt may not be a deliberate thing, but ultimately it will affect society at large “.

“We are in a very difficult situation. And the Council understands. Mr. President understands the concerns of the population in the face of growing insecurity.

“But I can assure you there’s no simple, neat way to handle this thing unless we all hug.” he added.

He said the meeting was convened by the president as a follow-up to the meeting that took place last week to discuss technical issues and the tasks assigned to the various security agencies.

Once again, the Council deems it necessary to inform the general public that the fight against this type of asymmetrical conflict is a collective effort. This is not something that should be restricted to security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies alone.

“When we keep saying the whole-of-government approach, the whole-of-government approach, to get a pan-Canadian approach, that means everyone has to be part of this endeavor.

In case you missed it

  • Nairametrics reported yesterday that the Federal Government has announced that it will sanction the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Daily Trust for airing different documentaries glorifying and fueling terrorism in Nigeria.
  • Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said NBC, which is the regulator, is looking at which part of the broadcasting code has been breached by both the BBC and the Daily Trust. and determines the appropriate sanctions to be applied. inflicted on them, assured that there will be consequences.
  • The minister said:All I can say is that there is a regulatory body that regulates broadcasting, the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC), and they are also aware of these two incidents.
  • “They are looking at which part of the broadcasting code has been breached by both the BBC and the Daily Trust and I can assure you there will be consequences.

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