The Nigerian Army has warned its officers and soldiers on duty to desist from posting pictures and videos of their operation on the social media.
General Officer Commanding, GOC, 1 Division Mechanized Army, Adeniyi Oyebade, issued the warning on Tuesday in Kaduna state.
Representing the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, at the graduation ceremony of Men of Nigerian Battalion, NIBBAT, 46, Oyebade, a Major General warned soldiers and officers on duty not to upload pictures “with your uniforms while in operation.”
The ceremony was held at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre, NAPKC, Jaji Kaduna state.
“Specifically, I want to warn you on the use of social media. While you are on operation, you may want to take photo shot of some good moment but you should be very careful while doing that,” Oyebade said.
“Avoid any picture or video that has to do with your colleague or operation. You are barred not to upload such information.
“It is prohibited to upload any picture with your uniforms while in operation because it will become a pragmatic problem for the Nigerian Army.”
The warning came ahead of the soldiers’ deployment to Dafur, Sudan, on peacekeeping mission.
The soldiers, 800 in all, are expected to depart Nigeria for Sudan in a few days’ time.
Oyebade urged them to display courage and bravery in the discharge of their duties in the West African country as any act of cowardice or professional negligence will not be tolerated.
He also advised the senior officers among them to see to the walfare of the soldiers.
“I expect all the officers to exercise firm command and control,” he said.
“You must look after the welfare of your men including their feeding and medical needs.
“You have no reason not to succeed because Nigeria has provided you with all that you need to do the country and your family proud.”
Photos and videos of soldiers taking part in the counter insurgency operation in the North East have flooded the internet in recent times, with some even showing the soldiers engaging the Boko Haram terrorists in fierce gun battle.
In December 2016, a video clip went viral on twitter and facebook, of soldiers complaining bitterly about lack of food and water for troops after the capture of one of Boko Haram’s major stronghold, Alagarno.
The military authorities however, refuted the claims that soldiers were being neglected at the battle fronts, explaining that the video was shot over six months ago by elements who were bent on tarnishing the image of the Nigerian military.