The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has revealed that the Nigerian Army has resorted to spiritual warfare to fight the menace of Boko Haram.
According to Buratai, the move to engage Boko Haram in spiritual warfare was important to counter their propaganda especially in the north-eastern part of the country.
Buratai who stated this at the 2019 Chaplains annual Training Conference and Retreat on Tuesday in Sokoto, where he was represented by Brig.-Gen. Timothy Olowomeye, the Director Civil Military Affairs, also added that Boko Haram and the likes cannot be defeated by kinetic military warfare alone.
He said; ”We were involved in a joint seminar on Spiritual Warfare as an effective means against insurgency and other forms of restiveness.
”Boko Haram and the likes cannot be defeated by kinetic military warfare alone.
”Finding appropriate counter-narratives against these violent extremist sects will immensely be a big push towards eradicating their negative activities in Nigeria,” he said.
Buratai said Nigeria and the world at large were grappling with the harsh reality of restiveness mostly shrouded in religious, economic and political undertones.
”These tendencies have caused disorder and wanton destruction of lives and property of many innocent citizens who have continued to look unto the government for solace.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to offer succour and renewing the hope of the country’s citizens through the relentless efforts of our Armed Forces and other security agencies.
“We, therefore, must call to mind always that the noble task of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation while also being proactively involved in aid of our civil authority is our prime responsibility,” Buratai said.
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