We Have Gone Spiritual Because Boko Haram Can’t Be Defeated By Military Warfare: Burutai


Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, has said that the military has embarked on spiritual warfare in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.

Buratai said this on Tuesday at the 2019 chaplains annual training conference and retreat in Sokoto, NAN reports.

The conference had the theme: ‘The Non-Kinetic Strength in the face of Armed Banditry and other Security Challenges: The Role of the Military Chaplains’.

The army chief who was represented by Timothy Olowome, director civil-military affairs, the army chief said Boko Haram “cannot be defeated by kinetic military warfare alone.”

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

“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.

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“These tendencies have caused disorder and wanton destruction of lives and property of many innocent citizens who have continued to look unto the government for solace.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to offer succour and renewing the hope of the country’s citizens through the relentless efforts of our Armed Forces and other security agencies.

“We, therefore, must call to mind always that the noble task of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation while also being proactively involved in aid of our civil authority is our prime responsibility.”


  1. We are with you General. You have done your best and you are still doing your best. God is going to see us through. The worst is over. Don’t be distracted by the enemy. May God protect you and the entire military. May God protect the families of all the officers and men.

  2. Is true that Boko Haram cannot be defeated by kinetic military warfare alone, that is why we support you General. May God continue to guide and protect Gen. Tukur Buratai and the rest of the squad as you have involved Spiritual warfare in this fight against insurgencies.

  3. Nonsense. So the boko haram is yey to be decimated or technically defeated? This is one of the consequences of selecting imbeciles to head government Security forces.

  4. Ewu, so you suddenly woke up to know that your billion dollar arsenals are useless to decimate boko haram? There is nothing like spiritual warfare in military battle strategy. You people are only trading with boko haram.

  5. Mr Andrew, I think you are missing the point. What we are saying is that we support the General and his men for involving spiritual approach. We are at the war zone, north east. We know what it was and what it is now.


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