Lieutenant General Buratai has declared that insurgency could not be defeated by warfare alone
– The Army chief said it is easier to kill members of a terrorist group than to eliminate their ideologies
– Buratai, however, noted that the insurgents’ belief in their ideologies remains their strongest driving force
Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has released new revelation about the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria.
The Nation reports that the Army boss said on Monday, September 30, that Boko Haram and other terror groups operating in the country could not be defeated by warfare alone.
Legit.ng gathered that he said that finding appropriate narratives that would counter the ideologies of the terror groups would greatly enhance the efforts of the Nigerian Army against terrorism and terrorist groups.
Buratai, who observed that terrorism could not be totally eliminated, noted that the insurgents’ belief in their ideologies remains their strongest driving force, adding that it is easier to kill members of a terrorist group than to eliminate their ideologies.
The COAS stated this at the opening ceremony of a spiritual warfare seminar organised by the Nigerian Army for religious leaders and clerics at the Army resource centre in Abuja.
Represented at the event by Major General Sani Yusuf, Buratai said that the seminar was aimed at evolving narratives to defeat the ideologies of religious based terrorists groups operating in the country.
He challenged the religious leaders to produce appropriate narratives that can effectively counter the ideologies of the insurgents, urging them to leverage on their daily interface with the society to protect the vulnerable people from succumbing to wrong ideologies.
He said: “The Nigerian Army has attained great feats in the fight against the insurgents, breaking their ranks and degrading their will to fight, however, the insurgents’ belief in their ideologies remain the driving force, as such ideological battle can in many ways be more important than the kinetic battle. It must that it is easier to kill members of a terrorist group than to eliminate their ideologies.
It is a well-known fact that terrorism and terrorist groups cannot be totally eliminated by mainly Military actions. This means focusing our efforts on the underlying narratives through ideologies that employed by these terrorists to lure innocent citizens to their fold.
He added that Boko Haram’s ideology is classifying western education as sin while the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) is the one that challenges the rational of democratically elected government.
According to him, “By its nature, ideology has the power to manipulate what people think, form their opinion and direct their attitude. This often results in controlling people’s mind to the extent that they accept social contracts that equal denial of rights.
“The need to defeat the ideologies of Boko Haram and ISWAP is based on the awareness that it is the ideologies that enhance their resource and help to recruit new fighters to their fold and as such, kill their ideology and terrorist movement withers and dies.