By: Nwoha Udochukwu
The role of the media and security agencies is very important in the promotion of national security, as a result, there has to be synergy between these two institutions. This is the essence of this two-day conference themed “Media & Security Synergy – Impact on National Security,” which was held from the 22nd to 23rd July, 2016 at the Lagos/Osun hall of Transcorp Hilton Abuja.
“Looking at the recent development in our nation, it is only because we have thrown away our historical facts; otherwise evidences abound to suggest to us that as a nation, we have triumphed greatly on the strength and synergy of the media and security.
The mass media is very important, though they may not be successful in telling us what they think, but they are very successful in telling us what to think about. Therefore, they should endeavour to report correctly.
1st Talk: Impact of Media on Security (Chief Aisha Tosan)
“The effective role of the media in view of the 1999 constitution will effectively promote national security. The Nigerian media has issues with security agencies over what they term “security breach.”
“The Nigeria media is constrained with a number factors; the concept of security breach, corruption, intimidation and arrest.”
“The media is meant to be aggressive, skeptical and suspicious of government policies on behalf of the society. Today journalist is not just an observer but an active player in national security.”
Panel Discussion: Media Sensationalism and Implication on National security
Col. Sani Usman:
“There has been heaps of complaints from some observers on the conduct of the Nigerian media as being biased, sensational, pre-occupied with commercial gains, unpatriotic, among other allegations when reporting conflicts that are sensitive to national security.”
“Looking back at the roles played by the media in national security, the power of media is clearly apparent. As much as they can start conflict, they can also play an important role in defusing tension, reducing and containing conflicts.”