U.S. gov't ignoring anti-Christian terrorist group

Sunday, December 9, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A human rights group has joined other organizations in questioning why Boko Haram in Nigeria has not been declared a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department.

NigeriaSpokesman Greg Treat tells OneNewsNow the Jubilee Campaign has issued numerous reports, held congressional briefings and met with State Department officials to present clear information about Boko Haram's deadly campaign against Christians, government officials, policy and military in Nigeria (see related story).

"There's even indications al-Qaeda affiliates have sent large sums of money for operational costs -- that is to fund the attacks on innocent civilians, blowing up Christians in churches," Treat reports.

"These are clearly terrorists; their friends are terrorists; their mentors and the people they imitate are terrorists. So we've been really disturbed by the U.S. government's lack of response on this issue."

If the State Department were to recognize Boko Haram, the government would be authorized to take action, such as freezing assets or refusing to allow members entry into the country.

"It would be a necessary first step in pushing back on this problem," Treat explains.

Thousands of lives have been lost in the last three years, with a disproportionate number of the attacks coming on Sundays and in churches. In fact, Treat notes there has been an attack by Boko Haram on the average of every four days during that period.

The Jubilee Campaign encourages people to sign a petition on its website that urges the U.S. government to take action.

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