Dole Assumes Duty As Army Spokesman in Maiduguri

SAN FRANCISCO, October 30, (THEWILL) – A new spokesman has been appointed for the newly-created 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri. The new spokesman is Lt. Col Mohammed Dole, who   replaced Lt. Col Sagir Musa,  who has been spokesman  for the scrapped Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Restore Order since 2011.

Presenting the new spokesman to the media in Maiduguri on Wednesday, the outgoing spokesman,  Sagir,  said  Dole was his course-mate and roommate at the Nigerian Defence Academy, stressing  that it was a coincidence that the officer was succeeding him as the Public Relations Officer of the newly created division. He disclosed that he  has   built  the public relation unit from the scratch, adding that the unit can now operate with less challenges unlike when it started.

Sagir said the duties of heading public relations unit of various Army divisions as well as various special operations like JTF had given him the opportunity to work closely with four army generals, saying  it was a rare opportunity in the Nigerian Army.

He said   his success in JTF and subsequently his stint as the spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army was grealty assisted by  what he called   unprecedented support  from journalists covering the insecurity in the state.

“I was touched by the cooperation of journalists here, their dedication and support. I have learnt a lot from you in the course of my duty in the state and I must confess that you people made me proud. This is one assignment in my profession that is different from others which I have participated. Your disposition to the coverage of the Boko Haram insurgency is commendable.

“No journalists in Nigeria or elsewhere can claim to understand the insurgency better than you. You  are versed in the issue and your deep knowledge of the challenges and our operations here are appreciated,” he said. He urged the journalists to extend similar support to his successor.

Speaking at the occasion,  the new spokesman,   Dole,  asked for the cooperation of journalists to make him succeed, saying  both the media and security agencies all over the world were partners. He advised that  the media should be concerned about national security and be interested in peace and unity of the country, adding that any act that could disintegrate the country should be condemned.

He also called on  the media to continue to play a pivotal  role in the on going counter-insurgency campaign  of the Federal Government.