The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has advocated for proper religious education and enlightenment to counter insurgency and violent extremism in the country.
Buratai made the call in Maiduguri during a one-day seminar organized by the Nigerian Army for community and religious leaders on countering narratives of terrorism and violent extremism.
The seminar, which had as its theme: “Countering Insurgency and Violent Extremism in Nigeria through Authentic Religious Enlightenment,” was organized by the Nigerian Army Directorate of Chaplain Services.
Buratai, represented by the Director of Islamic Affairs, Brigadier General S.G Mustafa, said that religious and community leaders had a greater role to play in imparting good religious knowledge on the people to change the narratives of the terrorists’ ideology.
He said that the Directorate of the Chaplain Services, which included the Protestant, Roman Catholic and Islamic Religious Affairs, were at the forefront of enlightening the people on dangers of violent extremism and its attendant consequences.