The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, on Thursday said the military needs spiritual efforts to defeat insurgency besieging the country.
Speaking on the occasion of the foundation laying ceremony of places of worship at Navy Town, Abuja, on Thursday, the naval chief urged the military personnel to resort to God in the challenge they are faced with, insisting that spiritual development was what they needed to achieve victory in the battlefield.
He attributed the country’s slow pace of development to the current spate of insecurity across some parts of the country.
He said: “The erection of appropriate places of worship within the barracks is equally as germane as the provision of living accommodation and other administrative and operational commitments. This is because a balanced level of spiritual maturity is necessary for military personnel to maintain the required level of conceptual and moral component of his fighting power.
“This will enable him to retain a rational balance needed for the effective employment of his physical competencies to achieve victory in battle.
“As we lay the foundation at these worship centres today, I believe we are laying the foundation for the spiritual and moral development of the service”.