President Muhammadu Buhari has asked security chiefs to expose minor social transgressions, especially if the public is hurt.
He gave the advice when state commandants and public relations officers of all formations of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) converged at the corp’s national headquarters in Abuja for a three-day conference to brainstorm on the theme: “Managing Security Sensitive Information and Developing Effective Strategies for a Successful 2023 Election”.
The president noted that an apology made voluntarily for causing serious harm or for a mistake made is a moral or ethical act as well as an act of good conscience.
He stressed that the overall goal of an apology is to restore dignity, social harmony and regaining the confidence of the offended.
He commended security agencies in the country for the fight against insecurity and the resilience and unwavering commitment to the nation’s socio-economic development which he said is only possible in an atmosphere of peace and security.
Buhari who stressed the need for efficient relationship between heads of security formations and their spokespersons added that the best way to manage strategic communication within and among security agencies is by ensuring that information managers have access to their bosses at all times.
To this end, he charged all heads of security agencies to have confidence in the persons managing the public relations affairs of the agencies and to thus give them a sense of belonging to do their job to the best of their ability.
He warned that remembering public relations officers only when in trouble is not the right way to go, adding that it is imperative for communication doors between security agencies, members of the public and the media to be kept open at all times.