Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Groups want Boko Haram designated FTO


A coalition of civil society organizations and christian groups are putting pressure on the US Department of State to designate Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization as the Islamic fundamentalist group continues to unleash terror on innocent Nigerians.
Those who wantonly commit genocide against Christians solely because of their faith should not be tolerated when available steps can be taken to thwart this kind of terror
 "Boko Haram is responsible for killing an estimated 3,000 Nigerians and citizens of 11 other countries—primarily Christians—in the last three years and has acknowledged it has ties to Somalian terrorist groups and Al Qaeda," the coalition noted in a release.
“Those who wantonly commit genocide against Christians solely because of their faith should not be tolerated when available steps can be taken to thwart this kind of terror,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Chief Counsel Benjamin Bull. “Few organizations are as qualified to be designated as a foreign terrorist organization as Boko Haram is, and we encourage the State Department to make that designation as quickly as possible.”

According to Bull in an article published yesterday, "the number of Christians killed by Boko Haram is roughly equal to all of the deaths to date resulting from Syria’s bloody civil war....Its goal is to cleanse all of northern Nigeria of any non-Muslims. Its means of accomplishing this goal is straightforward and simple—genocide."
"Two Americans, one a United Nations official and one an official from the U.S., survived a bombing in August 2011 at the U.N. headquarters in Nigeria. And rest assured, these are not acts in purported response to bad movies on the internet.
Boko Haram released a pre-recorded video after bombing the United Nations headquarters that makes the point. In that video, the suicide bomber said he was undertaking the mission to send a message to U.S. President Barack Obama and 'other infidels.' The message was that this is war and that it will be carried out as a religious conflict conducted by the rules of jihad."
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