Thousands of Nigerian hunters, armed with charmed amulets and intimate knowledge of harsh terrain, are preparing an offensive against the Boko Haram extremists. Picture: AP Photo/Haruna Umar
Thousands of Nigerian hunters, armed with charmed amulets and intimate knowledge of harsh terrain, are preparing an offensive against the Boko Haram extremists. Picture: AP Photo/Haruna Umar

Nigerian military uses spiritual warfare to defeat Boko Haram

By Mel Frykberg Time of article published Oct 23, 2019

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Johannesburg – In the ongoing fight against militant group Boko Haram the Nigerian army in addition to its military fights against the extremists is now also deploying spiritual warfare.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai confirmed this through his representative Brigadier-General Timothy Olowomeye, the Director Civil Military Affairs, during the 2019 Chaplains annual Training Conference and Retreat on Tuesday in Sokoto, the Nigeria Post reported.

”We were involved in a joint seminar on Spiritual Warfare as an effective means against insurgency and other forms of restiveness,” said Olowomeye.

”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,” he said.

Tens of thousands of people have died since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in 2009 with Borno State in the North-East the epicenter of its activities.

African News Agency (ANA)

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