Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, told
Channels Television that the move became necessary in the light of
troubling activities and misinformation capable of jeopardizing the unity
of the country.
His comments come less than 48 hours after President Muhammadu
Buhari said in his national broadcast that some of the discussion on
social media in his absence crossed the line and left him distressed.
For Major General Enenche, the social media has always been a
challenge all over the world and for the military, it is no different.
“It is a double-edged sword and we are also having a bit of it,” he said
when he appeared on Channels Television’s News At 10, hours after
President Buhari met with service chiefs and ordered them to strengthen
“Imagine when the President came back and addressed the nation, not
up to 30 minutes later, a fake speech of the Commander-In- Chief was
being circulated in order to do what? To derail the people. If you are not
very sharp and if you didn’t listen to the speech or you don’t have a copy
of it like I had it almost immediately, you wouldn’t know. So, looking at it
from that perspective, it is a challenge everywhere.”
Having observed the possibility that the social media can be misused the
military has taken steps to address that. One of such steps is the
establishment of strategic media centres.
“What are we doing? In the military, we are now taking on it more
seriously than ever. We have our strategic media centres that monitor
the social media to be able to sieve out and react to all the ones that will
be anti-government, be anti-military, (and) be anti-security,” the military
“We tackle them appropriately with appropriate responses. Ahead of
that, we are also proactive. We have measures in place, scientific
measures to be able to sieve this information and also to get the public
and let them know that some of this information they are getting is not
genuine are not true and their objective is an anti-corporate existence of