Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu Assumes NA Spokesperson: The Nigerian Army has appointed a new spokesperson to succeed Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima DPRI appointed by the Late COAS Ibrahim Attahiru. The newly appointed spokesman assumes duty on the 16th of July, 2021. Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu was the acting Director of Defence Information (DDI) at the Defence Headquarters. BG Onyema Nwachukwu showed his gratitude to the COAS for finding him worthy of the appointment.
He also compliments the administration of Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima DPRI and his team for seamless service delivery. General Nwachukwu reviewed that the NA will focus more on digital communication and seize the opportunity in the ICT for speedy dissemination of information to the general public. He revealed that strengthening the Nigerian Army Military Media team is the topmost priority. He urges all personnel working in the NA media team to remain committed to journalism ethics.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu Speech
I pledged to evolve measures and potent ways that could improve and strengthen the existing relationship between the Nigerian Army and the Media, with a view to consolidating on the gains already made in the ongoing war against insurgency, terrorism, banditry, Kidnapping and insurrection amongst other sundry crimes in the country. He added that the NA under the leadership of Major General Faruk Yahaya would continue to value the partnership and cooperation of the media and other institutions with mutual respect and cordiality.
Earlier in his valedictory speech, the immediate past Director Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima congratulated the Director on his appointment and wished him a successful tour of duty. He commended Officers, Soldiers and Civilian Staff of the Directorate for their loyalty, support and commitment.
He further enjoined them to extend the same to the new Army Spokesman. Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu was born on15 June 1968 in Ibadan but however, hails from Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State.
He is an alumnus of the University of Ibadan, holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Post Graduate School, Kaduna. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations from the International Institute of Journalism Abuja.
He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. Since his commission into the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Nwachukwu has attended several military and professional courses, as well as seminars within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
These include; Deputy Spokesman/Media Operations Course at the Joint Information Activities Group, Royal Airforce, Halton United Kingdom and Special Operations Command Course at the Shijiazhuang Military Academy, China. He has equally attended Strategic Communication Course at the Nigeria Army School of Public Relations and Information, Lagos and the Counter-Terrorism Course, at the Infantry Corps Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State.