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.
Spokesman 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
"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
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.