The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has pledged to partner with the Nigerian Army to sensitise citizens on issues of fake news and hate speeches before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
The alliance was formed when the central working committee of the organisation, led by its acting chairman and vice chairman, Sir Godfrey Ohubunwa, paid a courtesy visit on the chief of army staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, on Thursday, 31st January, 2019, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
In a statement by the director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, he said, Sir Ohubunwa lauded the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Gen Buratai for success in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast region and expressed satisfaction with the ability of the Army to protect the territorial integrity of the nation.
He further encouraged the COAS never to get dispirited over unnecessary distractions, maintaining that the Nigerian Army had done a lot for the unity of the country.
He further reiterated that BON believes very strongly that they can partner with the Nigerian Army especially in combating fake news, adding that they want to help publish the right information and also be strategic in information dissemination and management.
In his response, the COAS, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, said he was glad to receive the team and appreciated their immense contribution towards peace and national development.
He described their work as very noble and important, as elections in Nigeria are always associated with violence.
He assured that the Nigerian Army would fully support and cooperate with the BON in that regard.
Climax of the visit was a one-minute silence observed in honour of officers and soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice in maintaining peace in parts of the country.