President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday declared that any Muslim who shouts “Allah is great’ before killing innocent people has mental problems.
Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the launch of the revised National Counter-Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) in Abuja, Buhari said that “it is either they (Muslims) do not know the meaning of those words or they are simply deranged.”
He said that “these enemies (Boko Haram) are essentially an insane nuisance because they revel in cowardly attacks.”
The President, who noted that the war against terrorism was unconventional, said that his administration would review its strategy to win the war against the insurgents.
Buhari said: “There must be an understanding that the war against terrorism is the most unconventional one. They (terrorists) do not respect any rules of engagement; they kill the defenceless including prisoners, use children and humans, girls and consider the killing of anyone at all at a victory.
“Therefore, as we think through our strategy we must remember that to permanently win the physical battle, we must win the battle of the minds of even the most impressionable young men who sign up to join Boko Haram and other violent extremist groups.
“We must understand that terrorism is essentially a psychological warfare and as such is psychologically sophisticated and we must educate the youths through the leadership of our faith that neither Islam nor any other religion that we know endorses the slaughter of anyone,” he said.
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