Judex Okoro, Calabar
The Nigerian Navy has warned its personnel against indiscriminate use of social media, as it poses a threat to military activities.
The new Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral David Adeniran, who handed down the warning, during a familiarisation tour of the command, in Calabar, yesterday, said use of social media, especially as it concerns security, is violation of the nation’s defence policy.
He enjoined the personnel to remain apolitical in view of the upcoming general elections, create favourable environment wherever they find themselves, and also desist from intolerance and acrimony in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He said: “The improper use of social media by personnel could have an untold effect on military activities and operations, and I am sure you all are aware of the existing official secrets act, and the defence headquarters policy on the use of social media.
“Therefore, you must be careful when using, collecting or posting materials on social media. Hate speech and fake news are capable of negative contributions by the armed forces of Nigeria to nation building, thus you must run away from such vices.
“When you see personnel posting official media of certain operations, including weapons that are being handled at that operation, you are divulging certain things which are not permitted by our security classification. An enemy could identify your location and the kind of weapon you are carrying; so, that is not allowed and is a very grievous offence.
“Also, social media people spread fake news and it is very easy. So, the Armed Forces should not be part of that because our contributions to the nation building over the years will be eroded when you use the social media in such a way. Let me warn that you must remain apolitical; especially in view of the forthcoming general election in the country,” he said.