UA-201076440-1 COAS: Nigerian Army to deploy ICT in countering propaganda >> Trustsammy

 The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has said that the Nigerian Army will leverage Information Communication Technology (ICT) in degrading enemies’ propaganda and radicalisation.

Attahiru stated this on Tuesday at the beginning of a week-long workshop on “Office Management and Document Security, organised by 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna.

The army chief was represented by the overall Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Maj.-Gen. Usman Muhammad.

Attahiru also said that the military would deploy relevant skills in safeguarding operational plans and orders, as a part of strategies to make sure success in ongoing operations.

“The nation is at a juncture with regards to the state of security, and Nigerians are looking up to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to finish the carnage and restore normalcy.

“Capacity building has over time been disproportionately focused on honing our skills in combat; this has been at the expense of administrative competence that's often accorded but desired attention.

“Our contemporary threat is one that's adaptive and traverses the complete spectrum of operations, the adversary is increasingly leveraging ICT to bolster capability and vigorously employing the social media for its propaganda and radicalisation,’’ he said.

He observed that the military had not been sufficiently aggressive in exploiting the platforms in confronting the threat.

“I, therefore, consider it essential that while we still improve on our combat skills and capabilities; it's also important for us to usher in to focus the talents required to efficiently manage our offices and safeguard our information and knowledge infrastructure.

“After all, before the shot is fired in battle, the operational plans are crafted, unrolled and transmitted in our operations room and clerical pools,’’ he said.

The army chief stressed that safeguarding operational plans and orders from compromise were as crucial as protecting the fighting force within the field.

“The got to groom our clerks on office management and therefore the security of our documents should therefore not take the rear row,” he said.

According to him, the Nigerian Army must keep step with trends in technology and efficiently employ ICT as a force multiplier.

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