The Nigerian Army has pleaded with Nigerians who share on social media graphic pictures of personnel killed in the cause of defending and protecting the country from its adversaries.
Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima the army spokesman, stated this in Abuja on Tuesday, said such distribution of soldiers’ photos on social media is insensitive and unpatriotic.
“The Nigerian Army condemns in the strongest term possible, the indiscriminate sharing on social media of graphic pictures of personnel who paid the supreme price in the cause of defending and protecting the country from its adversaries,” Yerima said.
“This act is not only unpatriotic but very insensitive and utterly reprehensible.”
Yerima said that they were also in harm’s way to defend and protect the country from those bent on destroying it.
“Officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army deployed to various theatres of internal security operations are on legitimate duties and are in harm’s way to defend and protect the country from those who are intent on destroying it.
“In the course of carrying out this constitutional mandate, troops put their lives on the line to ensure that innocent citizens and institutions of the state are protected from violent criminals.
“In some cases, these gallant officers and soldiers are meted with the worst form of savagery by the heartless adversaries whose intent is to instill fear in the citizenry.
He, however, question the glee with which some people shared the gory pictures of officers and soldiers who were either killed-in-action or wounded-in-action in the media.
“These unpatriotic acts are often done without any modicum of consideration for the memories of the departed personnel or their family members. In some cases, their loved ones do find out about their unfortunate death in such a callous manner before they are even contacted by the military authorities.
“One can only imagine the trauma and pain such families go through waking up to see the gory pictures of their loved ones splashed on social media.
“The Nigerian Army consider this despicable and unpatriotic act totally unacceptable and will henceforth take legal actions to protect troops who die in action from being ridiculed on social media or any platform.”