Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai never suggested using spiritualism to fight insurgency-Emmanuel Osuagwu

Maj GenTY Buratai

A civil rights lawyer, Emmanuel Osuagwu Ugochukwu, has dismissed reports which claimed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Buratai called for prayers to end insurgency.

There have been reports in the media quoting the COAS as saying “terrorism and terrorist groups could not be eliminated alone by the military unless religious bodies and organisations in the country come to the forefront of the spiritual battle”.

This trailed a spiritual warfare seminar at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre on Monday, with the theme, ‘Countering insurgency and violent extremism in Nigeria through spiritual warfare’

According to the legal practitioner, the COAS never in any way suggested using spiritualism to fight insurgency but rather called on religious leaders to support the Nigerian Army in eradicating ideologies fuelling the insurgency in the country.