Army Begins 30-Day Awareness Campaign Against Religious Extremism
Nigerian Army has started a 30-day public awareness against violent religious extremism in the North East, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, says.
Buratai made this known at the launch of the sensitization campaign in Maiduguri on Monday.
Represented by Maj.-Gen. David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army, Buratai said the sensitisation was to counter extremist ideologies and orientation in the society.
He said the exercise would majorly focus on clerics and dangers associated with religious extremism and how the clerics could help to address the menace.
He explained that the sensitisation was imperative to disprove the false teachings, misleading and fabricated ideologies of insurgents.
Buratai said that the exercise was part of efforts to contain the spread of negative ideologies and bring about ideologies that promote love, peace and unity in the society.
He added that the Nigeria Army had initiated a deradicalisation programme to facilitate rehabilitation and reintegration into the society of surrendered boko haram insurgents.
“The Nigerian Army also engaged in various operations to ensure security, peace and unity in country.
“Operation Python Dance II is one of them and it is ongoing and reports indicated that a lot has been achieved toward enhancing peace in many parts of the country.”