Buratai warns army against excessive use of social media


The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, has warned officers and men of the Nigerian Army against discussing their grievances or operational strategies on social media.

Buratai said the army had well-established channels to address complaints, stressing that such acts could jeopardise national security.

He gave the warning on Tuesday when he declared open an Officers Office Management and Documents Security Workshop at the Command Officers Mess, Abuja.

Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Maj.- Gen. Rasheed Yusuf, warned that resorting to the social media was highly prohibited by the military.

The army chief stated that a directorate had already been initiated to check the excesses of some officers on social media engagement.

“The social media has brought out additional challenges to information security which are being used by misguided personnel contrary to our service rules.

“The Nigerian Army has an extant policy on the use of social media which prohibits among others, the use of social media to discuss or disclose service matters.

“It is indeed unfortunate and unprofessional for service personnel to resort to social media to disclose classified information or express grievances when the Army has well-established channels for addressing complaints.

“The ultimate objective of the forum is to build your capacity to effectively support my vision which is to have a professional responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional role,” he said.

Buratai further advised the officers to take the workshop seriously, adding that some service documents were highly classified to the extent that their disclosure could be injurious to national security.


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