Military, NFC warn against wrong portrayal of soldiers in movies

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The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and the Armed Forces have decried the wrong portrayal of the military in movies, saying it is undermining the military’s enormous sacrifices and its personnel.

NFC Head, Public Relations, Mr Brian Etuk, told the News Agency in Jos that there was an urgent need to address the abnormality.

He said as part of the defence headquarters’ deliberate efforts to address such portrayal, it would have an interactive meeting with the film industry leaders, representatives of film guilds and associations across the country.

“Both institutions have resolved to embark on joint stakeholder engagements that will lead to the provision of research, equipment and personnel support to independent film makers who undertake the production of Nigerian military related films,” Etuk said.

He said in line with that, the Armed Forces would collaborate with NFC in the production of television and film series that would showcase the numerous national, regional and global successes of its personnel in contributing toward peace and security.

He said the resolutions were the outcome of a meeting between the NFC and the Department of Civil Military Cooperation of the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, which  held at the NFC headquarters in Jos.

The spokesman quoted Rear Admiral Obed Ngalabak, Chief of Defence Military Cooperation, at the Defence Headquarters, saying that the  Armed Forces and its personnel had for several years been under-reported, despite its successes, such as its operations in Liberia, Sierra-Leone and Sudan.

According to Ngalabak, the military is willing to collaborate with NFC to address the disturbing wrong perceptions, which will enable Nigerians appreciate its sacrifices.