Jubilee Campaign has joined other organizations in outwardly
wondering why the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria has not
been declared a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department.
Spokesman Greg Treat says Jubilee
Campaign has issued numerous reports and held congressional
briefings and met with State Department officials presenting clear
information about the deadly campaign against Christians,
government officials, policy, and the military in Nigeria.
"There are 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
"These are clearly terrorists," he continues. "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." And reasons have not been
forthcoming either, he adds.
Treat explains that if the State Department were to recognize
Boko Haram, it would authorize the government to take action the
group, such as freezing assets or refusing to allow members entry
into the U.S.
"It would be a necessary first step in pushing back on this
problem," he comments.
Thousands of lives have been lost in the last three years, with
a disproportionate number of the attacks coming on Sundays and on
churches. In fact, Treat notes there has been an attack by Boko
Haram on the average of every four days during that period.
Treat encourages people to sign a petition on the Jubilee
Campaign website urging the U.S. government to take action.