Buratai asks clerics to produce new narratives to defeat Boko Haram ideology

By Ibrahim Mohammed

of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Y. Buratai, has urged Muslim and Christian clerics ‘‘produce new narratives defeat the ideological base of Boko Haram terrorists,’’ and their ISWAP collaborators.

Buratai, stated in Abuja on Monday while delivering a keynote address at the Nigerian Army ‘‘First Ever Spiritual Warfare Seminar’’ organized as a part of ongoing effort fight terrorism and the ideology fueling Boko Haram extremism in the country.

He said that the essence of the seminar was make both Muslim and Christian clerics change the narrative against the scourge of the .

Buratai, told the that in a situation whereby they are already disseminating information against the warped form of Islam propagated by terrorists there was the need ‘‘to step up their efforts,’’ saying such measure will de-radicalise Boko Haram insurgents but also stop new recruitment. 

In vein, the COAS who was represented by of Army Major General M. S. Yusuf urged the clerics to start their message from the grassroots, adding that ‘‘self acclaimed puritan Islam is the ideology that fuels new recruitment.’’