The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said the Army has engaged in spiritual warfare to counter Boko Haram propaganda.
Represented by the Director of Civil Military Affairs, Brig.-Gen. Timothy Olowomeye, Tukur revealed this at the 2019 Chaplains annual Training Conference and Retreat on Tuesday in Sokoto.
He said the war against Boko Haram cannot be won by kinetic military warfare alone.
His words, “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.”
”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.”