The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has admitted that the military alone can’t eliminate terrorism and the terrorist groups, adding that they need the help of religious bodies and organization in the country to come to their aid in fighting them spiritually.
Buratai stated that the attention should be religious groups coming out on deliberating on the ideologies which support the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
The Army Chief said this on Monday during the spiritual warfare seminar held at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Abuja with the theme, “Countering insurgency and violent extremism in Nigeria through spiritual warfare.”
He was represented by the Chief of Administration, Maj. Gen. Sani Yusuf, urging both Islamic and Christian clerics throughout the Army formations to come together in the fight against terrorism, and educate the people against negative ideologies.
“The Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists can be easily defeated than their beliefs because, while we destroy the terrorists, and there havens, the narrative of the belief build the group.”
“Therefore, our communities, families, and groups should support in the fight and narratives to rebuke and avoid the belief of the terrorists and extremist groups.
“We should not leave the fight against terrorism, Boko Haram, ISWAP, as well as other security threats, to the troops in the battlefield alone.”
“Of a truth, we will do our part, but it’s essential we fight the groups through spiritual warfare and educate the followers against the belief is also a great need.”
“We must know that terrorism and terrorist groups cannot be totally eliminated by just military actions.”