President Obama continues to shy away from addressing Islamists'
murdering of thousands of Christians over the past three years in
Nigeria after spending tens of millions to help pass pro-abortion
laws in Kenya.
When Nigerian Christians should have just been celebrating the
birth of Christ at Christmastime over the past few years, they have
also been mourning numerous deaths of loved ones falling victim of
the militant Muslim group, Boko Haram.
In a plea to stop America's blind eye to the genocide that has
escalated each of the past three Christmases, the Christian
Association of Nigerian Americans (CANAN) is urging the White
House to take a stand against militant Islam in Nigeria.
"Our government in Washington, DC, especially the White House
and the State Department, are fully aware of what is going on,"
CANAN declared in a public statement. "But both President Barack
Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have simply
tolerated this impunity by
A tradition of disaster
The most recent violence saw the Boka Haram jihadist group
murder at least a dozen Christians in two church raids while
Christmas Eve services were taking place. According to police in
northern Nigeria, five congregants and a deacon at First Baptist
Church in the city of Maiduguri of Borno state were slaughtered.
Another attack included six worshipers and the pastor of Church of
Christ in Nations in the Yobe province town of Postikum, where they
were all fatally shot.
And CANAN reports that these were no ordinary
assaults on Christians this Christmas.
"On Christmas day in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram was busy
slashing the throats of Christians right inside their churches or
at their homes," stated the Christian organization, which is
overseen by a board of trustees including pastors, professors,
ministry leaders and an attorney, including executive director, Laolu Akande. "At least 15 of such barbaric
killings have been reported in the past number of days. Worshippers
had to watch in terror as their colleagues throats were cut
Boko Haram inflicted even more carnage the previous Christmas,
when one of its jihadists crashed an explosive-filled car through
the gates of St. Theresa's Church in Madalla -- about 25 miles
outside of the Nigerian capital of Abuja in the center of the
African nation -- killing 44. That year, 30 were slain in a series
of Boko Haram attacks on Christmas in the northern region of the
nation which saw church bombings in a campaign to impose sharia
The yearly slaughters began in 2010 on Christmas Eve, when the
jihadists took more than 40 lives in Nigeria. But these attacks
represent only a smaller picture of the wide-scale slayings going
on year-round in the predominantly Muslim northern region of
"But the problem is worse than that," CANAN asserts. "This year
alone, Boko Haram has killed almost 800 Nigerians, most of whom are
And the massacres not only span years, but nations and thousands
"In the last three years, over 3,000 have been sent to tragic
deaths," maintains the New York-based Christian group. "Victims
also include people from several other countries."
A plea for help
Fully aware that the Nigerian government, led by President
Goodluck Jonathan, is too weak to stop the Boko Haram killings,
CANAN is challenging the Obama administration to change its
noncommittal policy regarding to abominations taking place in the
"We are asking today: is President Barack Obama and
the State Department comfortable to be a mere witness to this
evil?" the group mused. "Is President Obama not aware that they are
cutting the throats of innocent Nigerians who are simply practicing
After spending $23 million of taxpayer money to support
pro-abortion legislation in Kenya in his first term as president,
Obama is receiving pressure from CANAN to take action in his second
term to save lives -- rather than end them -- by taking the first
step and designating Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization
"In the hope that President Obama is not comfortable with what
is going on, we as Nigerian-Americans are appealing to his humanity
to please instruct the State Department to do what is right and to
label the Boko Haram group anFTO," the group pleads. "Such a
designation would send the warning signal to those financing and
supporting the terrorists that the game is up. Without it, Boko
Haram financiers and supporters are being dangerously awarded a
grant of impunity."
U.S. terrorist designation yet for Boko Haram
To further incite action, it is pointed out that Boko Haram is a
proven danger to the United States, not to mention that it is
allegedly being linked to the very terrorist group President Obama
claimed to have on the run while he was campaigning for reelection
"Already, American citizens have been affected, and the United
Nations building in Abuja has been attacked by these terrorists,"
CANAN contends. "The U.S. Congress has affirmed that Boko Haram is
a threat to the U.S., especially with the group's suspected links
Even Pope Benedict XVI couldn't help but address the carnage
during his annual Christmas address from Vatican City, calling Boko
Haram's attacks on December 25 a religious attack targeting
"Savage acts of terrorism continue to reap victims, particularly
among Christians," he announced.
And the failure to boldly deal with jihadist organizations
reaping terror in Nigeria has allowed another such group affiliated
with Boko Haram, known as Ansaru, to gain more power of late.
Ansaru assumed responsibility for a November siege of key police
barracks in the nation's capital, where it claimed to have released
hundreds of prisoners.
CANAN warned before the Christmas attacks that continuing to
ignore the Islamic threat -- especially that posed by Boko Haram --
would result in more killings, and it is pleading now for
international intervention to ensure that there will not be a
fourth Christmas massacre in 2013.
An American-Iranian pastor remains in jail in Iran on trumped up
charges. Though he faces an 8-year term in a violent prison, his
family members in Idaho are enduring the situation and remain
hopeful for positive news.