Nigeria Christians seek US help
WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — The leader of Nigeria's Christians called yesterday on the US to declare the Islamist group Boko Haram to be terrorists, but a US official said it was more important to address social inequalities.
In an unusually blunt appeal by a foreigner before the US Congress, the head of the main Christian body in religiously divided Nigeria said that a decision to blacklist three Boko Haram leaders as terrorists did not go far enough.
Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said that the US move on June 21 was "the equivalent of designating (Osama) bin Laden a terrorist but failing to designate Al-Qaeda a terrorist organisation".
Oritsejafor said that the reluctance to brand Boko Haram as terrorists had emboldened the group, which is estimated to have killed more than 1,000 people since mid-2009 in attacks on Christian and government sites.
"By refusing to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organisation, the US is sending a very clear message, not just to the federal government of Nigeria, but to the world that the murder of innocent Christians and Muslims who reject Islamism — and I make a clear distinction here between Islam and Islamism — are acceptable losses," Oritsejafor said.
"It is hypocritical for the US and the international community to say that they believe in freedom and equality when their actions do not support those who are being persecuted," he told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Oritsejafor said Boko Haram sought "an end to Western influence and a removal of the Christian presence in Nigeria", telling the US lawmakers: "My people are dying every day."
But Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, told the hearing that Boko Haram was not homogeneous and that most of the group had the goal of trying to "embarrass or discredit" the government.
A designation as a foreign terrorist organisation would trigger a full US government response against Boko Haram, freezing any assets it holds in the US and making support of the group a crime.
Carson said the terrorist designation made sense for the three leaders — Abubakar Shekau, Abubakar Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi — due to links to Al-Qaeda, but that it would be counterproductive to target the entire movement.
"It would serve to enhance their status, probably give them greater international notoriety amongst radical Islamic groups, probably lead to more recruiting and probably more assistance," Carson said.
Carson called instead for a "sophisticated and comprehensive" strategy of improving governance in Nigeria's largely Muslim north and curtailing human rights abuses.
"Boko Haram thrives because of social and economic problems in the north that the government must find a way of addressing," Carson said.
The United States government can declare Boko Haram a terrorist group but one thing Mr Oritsejafor should notice is that the BH guys have been smart enough to avoid directly hitting US targets or interests therefore ensuring that the US government will consider the BH threat a 'domestic issue'.
What Oritsejafor should have asked for was for the government of the US to blacklist Jonathan and his cabinet for not taking action against BH and their sponsors and also fight corruption by jailing those implicated in the numerous scams that has characterized the government of Jonathan so far. What is the purpose of asking the US to come and perform a duty Jonathan was elected to perform as the President? He is the President and he is the Chief Security Officer of Nigeria and it all falls at his doorstep to confront the BH issue and resolve it or else, run into hiding and send his resignation letter to the National Assembly
This Johnnie Carson of a man sounds like El Rufai and Superego.
Wetin be him yown for this mata, sef...?
Re: [News and Features] Nigeria Christians seek US help
1. A Muslim group first made this call, I remember saw it... June 23rd:
2. Just like I keep telling you, Government is the terrorists!
US point blank sees and know that the support and recruits terror gets in Nigeria....Jos wars are all due to government terror maintained economic hardship and inequality.
You can't use drones and bombs to bomb away injustice and inequality.
JOHNNIE CARSON IS A CIA AGENT IN NIGERIA AND AFRICA!!!
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Oh, now you know he is CIA, because he does not give the Zionist reaction you wish for in a way you predict. US is CIA, CIA is US, mentioning that a US assistant head of African affairs is CIA, is the most stupid thing I ever heard in my life. You write? Do people read you?
I see ya comrades and ilk are at work. The real sponsors of Boko-
Seeking outside help is a bold declaration of complete lack of confidence in this administration. If Jonathan had confronted squarely corruption, improved education or at least articulated a viable path towards revamping our archaic institutions, improved healthcare, had shown sustained serious plan to uninterrupted energy supply, provided economic avenues to creating employment the rug would have been pulled under these renegades.
The precipitating factor to our religious, ethnic and political in-tolerances is corruption, corruption and corruption. Then ineptitude.
Well said, Luckyboy. Intellectually put forth.
Africans seeking outside help again.
After when it falls apart, who would get the blame?
Addressing inequality, human right abuses, social end economic problems in Nigeria?
But which group or groups in Nigeria are the worst hit by these malaise?
Let's go take a count:
(1) Since January 1970 till today, Nigeria has practised unitary system of government, but what is now the southeast zone of Nigeria has remained bereft of any meaningful economic investment by Nigeria's federal government. People from the area disperse to other areas to pick the crumbs. Must one wear bombs to express one's displeasure over any injustice?
(2)Tens of thousands of people (mostly from the southeast zone) who abandoned their life-long investments and fled violence in the north are now languishing in penury as refugees in the south. Who qualifies more for pity? Harbinger of violence or victim of violence?
(3) Survivors of a genocidal war against the old southeast of Nigeria (Biafra) were made to start life with nothing, and they have moved on from that pedestal till today. What yardsticks are used in measuring state-imposed inequality in a country?
(4) In the last 12 years, Nigeria's security apparatchik has murdered hundreds of unarmed youths who demonstrated affinity for rebirth of Biafra. Or does human rights abuse occur only when JTF encounters and dispatches suicide bombers?
The solution to Nigeria's problems is within Nigeria's borders.
No much bla bla, Nigerians must make the first move before umpires or third parties can move in.
You are a liar!!!!
North is the poorest part of Nigeria!
90% of wealth is in the south, 10% in the North.
The south-south even directly robs 20% of our national oil direct from holes in pipelines.
Look at poverty you can not even imagine in your wildest dreams.
It is so easy to know those who have never traveled to the north. I lived in Bauchi!
These people have less than crumbs!
U think Northern masses like Boko madness and violence or any one loved MEND madness and MEND continued high sea piracy?
10% of global high sea piracy is still MEND!
Do u know how many are fleeing Nigeria as a whole cuz of southern kidnapping? and southern armed robbery?