By Scott Morgan
Recently a Press Event was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. by CANAN (Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans.) There was a specific reason for the timing of this event. It is hoped that the United States will take similar action to what has recently been taken by Great Britain regarding the Terrorist Group Boko Haram. In fact support for Boko Haram is now a Criminal Offence in the United Kingdom. So why is there such a huge disconnect between London and Washington in this matter?
At the Presser the Freedom of Religion advocacy group Jubilee Campaign presented a fact sheet compiling data from the State Department and START that was released during the calendar year of 2012. Some of the findings include:
Nigeria had the 4th number of Suicide Attacks committed around the world.
Of the 57 attacks against Telecommunication sites around the word 38 were targeted by Boko Haram
One Third of the Religious Institutions targeted were in Nigeria. 60% of the 325 attacks on Educational sites were in Nigeria and Pakistan
There were more attacks on religious institutions in Nigeria than there were on Diplomatic Outposts Worldwide. On average 2.56 people were killed in each attack so far this year
The average lethality of terrorist attacks in Nigeria (2.54 deaths) is more than 50 percent higher than the global average.(1.64 deaths per attack)
These numbers are staggering. It shows that the group has no problem killing Christians who they feel are interlopers and Muslims that they feel are not devout enough. However they point to the situation currently on the ground in the Northern States which are currently operating under Sharia Law. These states also mark borders with neighboring states such as Niger, Chad and Cameroon. One of the questions that is causing an issue whether or not Boko Haram meets the criteria of a FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization)