A terrorist group that is not recognized as such continues to
kill Christians in Nigeria, without reaction from the rest of the
William Stark of International Christian Concern (ICC), one of
the organizations keeping a close watch on the situation, tells
OneNewsNow the United States has still not decided to label
Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization.
"That designation overall would impede Boko Haram's ability to
transport weapons and funds over international borders," Stark
explains. "So, all weapons or all assets essentially Boko Haram or
people related to Boko Haram would own within U.S. jurisdiction
would be automatically frozen."
That action, he says, might also motivate U.S. allies to do the
same, which is why several Christian groups are lobbying the White
House to take action. But an opposing effort is also afoot.
"The Nigerian government itself is lobbying for Boko Haram not
to be labeled a foreign terrorist organization for various reasons
-- one being that the Nigerian government is concerned that it will
affect foreign direct investment," the ICC spokesman explains.
Another factor is that Boko Haram has infiltrated the
government, military and police. But the lives of Christians
are being lost to suicide bombings at churches and violent raids at
church services; moderate Moslems who do not agree with the
terrorist group have also been slaughtered.