The Nigerian Army has condemned the sharing of the pictures of its killed or wounded soldiers on social media platforms by the public.
While it described this action by the Nigerian citizens as unpatriotic, insensitive and reprehensible, it, then, vowed to take legal actions against those who are found guilty of such henceforth.
This was contained in a press release on its website signed by Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, Mohammed Yerima, on Tuesday.
It titled the statement, ‘Protest Against Indiscriminate And Insensitive Sharing Of Graphic Pictures Of Kill-In-Action Soldiers On Social Media.’
“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.
“This act is not only unpatriotic but very insensitive and utterly reprehensible.
“Officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army deployed to various theatres of internal security operations are on legitimate duties and are in the 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 instil fear on the citizenry.
“While the Nigerian Army and its personnel understand the nature of the noble calling and are ever ready to confront any danger of adversity on the way, what is most unfathomable is the glee with which some people share the gory pictures of officers and soldiers who are either killed-in-action or wounded-in-action in the media,” the statement partly read.
The Army went further saying such actions are done without putting into consideration the family members and loved ones of the fallen heroes who undergo emotional trauma with the sad incidents.
“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 considers 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,” the statement concluded.