Better late than never, I guess. The U.S. State Department will formally designate the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram as a “foreign terrorist organization” on Wednesday, congressional sources and others briefed on the matter said.
REUTERS The designation is significant because it directs U.S. law enforcement and regulatory agencies to block business and financial transactions with Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic law in northern Nigeria.
The move makes it a crime under U.S. law to provide “material support” to the group. A State Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Boko Haram and other splinter Islamist groups are seen as the biggest security threat in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and top oil exporter.
In May 2013, John Kerry urged “Nigerian restraint” in the face of Boko Haram genocide.
Frontpage Genocide Watch describes Boko Haram as a Jihadist organization seeking to impose Islamic Sharia law on Nigeria and has placed it at Stage 6 of the 8 stages of genocide.
Boko Haram has ordered Christians to leave Northern Nigeria. Its leader has stated, “We are also informing Christians all over the country to embrace Islam or they will be attacked. If they fail to do so, there is nobody to blame but themselves.”
In pursuit of its genocidal Islamist goals, Boko Haram has killed thousands of Nigerians and destroyed hundreds of churches, many in bombing attacks.
Despite all this, Obama Inc. has refused to list Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, despite its ties to Al Qaeda, and repeatedly pressured the Nigerian government to appease it instead. After Boko Haram turned down an amnesty and the Nigerian government has responded to the terror by advancing its campaign, Secretary of State John Kerry is warning the Nigerian government to show restraint.
The United States is deeply concerned about the fighting in northeastern Nigeria following President Jonathan’s declaration of a state of emergency in the Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states. We are also deeply concerned by credible allegations that Nigerian security forces are committing gross human rights violations, which, in turn, only escalate the violence and fuel extremism.
Predictably Kerry’s emphasis is on how wrong it is to fight Islamic terrorism, moral equivalence and placing blame on Nigeria for terrorist attacks carried out by a group linked to Al Qaeda.