The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said that Boko Haram and other terror groups operating in the country cannot be defeated through warfare alone.
Buratai said this on Monday at a seminar on spiritual warfare to counter-insurgency and violent extremism. The event was held at the Nigerian Army Resource centre in Asokoro, Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The army chief said finding appropriate narratives that will counter the ideologies of the sect. He added that it will contribute immensely to the progress being made towards eradicating their activities in Nigeria.
Buratai was represented at the event by Major General Sani Yusuf. He said that the seminar was aimed at looking at how to defeat the ideologies of religious-based terrorist groups operating in the country.
The Army chief noted that his men have attained great feats in the fight against the insurgents. He added that they have broken their ranks and degraded their will to fight.
Buratai, however, said the insurgents’ belief their ideologies remain their driving force. He added that such ideological battle can in many ways be more important than the kinetic battle.
The Army chief further said the ideologies of Boko Haram and ISWAP need to be defeated. He added that it is the ideologies that enhance their resources and help to recruit new fighters to their fold.
What is the Solution?
According to him, the first point of call must be the grassroots. He said it is where families and local communities are at the forefront. He noted that their efforts can protect the vulnerable people from succumbing to wrong ideologies.
The Army chief, therefore, called on religious leaders and clerics to regularly talk to members of the society. He said it will contribute to counter-terrorism and prevent violent extremism.
He also urged them to look out for ways of stepping up their roles.
“Remember that the fight against terrorism is a collective responsibility that cannot be left for the troops alone.”
Meanwhile, the Boko Haram has been a menace to the Nigerian Army. It is hoped that the Nigerian Army will record more success against them.
The terrorist group has continued to carry out deadly attacks in the volatile North-East, most of which have been repelled by the Army.
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