The Nigerian Army has adopted community stabilisation to serve as panacea to combat negative ideologies preached by the Boko Haram terrorists.
In an interactive session with media executives at the Army Headquarters Abuja yesterday, the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai called for a sustained campaign focused on community stabilisation to counter the negative narratives and ideologies of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Buratai said the decision became necessary due to recognition of the power which is inherent in a community when members of the community team up to achieve a desired objective.
“We have discovered the power that is embedded in large communities when they collectively team up to achieve a desired goal or objective.
“Community stabilisation as you are all aware is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilise available resources to respond to, withstand and recover from adverse situations.
It is also a means where communities stand up as a collective entity to resist whatever is deemed alien to their beliefs, culture, tradition and way of life.
“The insurgents have used fear and extremely negative religious fundamentalism as a justification for the deployment of women and children as suicide bombers, setting ablaze Churches and Mosques while engaging in indiscriminate killings of innocent people.
“ This campaign plan for countering the negative narrative and ideology of the insurgents using community resilience is part of the Nigerian Army’s non kinetic approach to the fight against insurgency in the North East,” he said.
He added that community stabilisation which lies in the ability of every community to say, “No more will we allow this to happen to us again”, “No more will we support and protect those who seek to destroy us and our future”, “No more will we succumb to the cheap threats of these insurgents” has a prominent role to play in the final states of the war.
The COAS further stated that the resistance by the community will create an internal system that will further complement the efforts of the Nigerian Army and ensure that these insurgents are ideologically defeated completely.
The army chief also revealed that there is increased determination of the people of the North East to resist and unite against the terrorists, following their relocation back to their ancestral homes.
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