It’s important to counter narratives that target to promote the ideologies of the terrorists groups, especially at the grassroots to prevent vulnerable people from succumbing to the wrong ideology.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai stated this when he declared open a Seminar of Spiritual Warfare organised by the Nigerian Army Directorate of Chaplain Services, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Directorate of Islamic Affairs.
Lieutenant General Buratai was represented by the Army Chief of Administration, Major General M. S. Yusuf at the seminar.
The Seminar, which held at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja, has as its theme: “Countering Insurgency and Violent Extremism in Nigerian through Spiritual Warfare”.
The Army Chief expressed hope that the seminar would lead to a renewed and sustained focus on preventing terrorism to support the ongoing efforts in the nation’s Counter-terrorism and counter insurgency operations.
“Ideologists have the power to manipulate what people think, form their opinion and direct their attitudes; this often results in controlling people’s minds to the extent that they accept social conditions that equal denials of rights and sufferings. At such, kill the ideology and the terrorism inspired movement withers and dies.
“The Importance of this seminar is promised on the key roles clerics have to people in producing appropriate narratives required to counter the ideologies of these religious based terrorist groups,” Lieutenant General Buratai said.
The seminar drew speakers and participants from various denominations and religious groups who discussed on topics to proffer solutions to issues of terrorism and religious extremism.