CAN In America Wants Boko Haram Designated As Terrorist Organisation

The members of the Christian Association of
Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) on Thursday
embarked on a rally in U.S. to demand that
the Boko Haram group in the country be
designated as Foreign Terrorist
Organisation (FTO).
The members, who were led by the
Chairman of the association, Pastor James
Fadele, and its Executive Director, Mr Laolu
Akande embarked on the rally outside the
White House in Washington.
The group wondered why the U.S. State
Department had refused to pronounce the
entire Boko Haram as a terrorist group
instead of referring only to its leader.
Earlier at a news conference held at the
National Press Club, the President of the
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor
Ayo Oritsejafor, also faulted the U.S.
government over its delay to classify the
group as terrorist body.
Oritsejafor added that in addition to non-
recognition of the plight of Nigerians, the
U.S. has not offered humanitarian assistance
to victims of Boko Haram.
“America’s ambivalence over the terrorist
challenges in Nigeria is a stunning betrayal.
After 911, Nigeria was amongst nations that
cooperated with global efforts on tracing
terrorist financing to the point that a
designated foreign financier was uncovered
running a cereal factory in Northern Nigeria.
“FTO designation will kick off the tracking of
terror-financing and arms shipments in
Nigeria and elsewhere.
“It is now one year since I testified before
the U.S. Congress and still the U.S. has not
designated Boko Haram a foreign terrorist
organisation even though it has killed
citizens of over a dozen of countries and
attacked American citizens too.
“Every week I get a text message that a
church has been burnt or that a Pastor has
just been murdered or that Christians were
randomly rounded up on a roadside and
summarily executed.
“Last week at my inauguration, one seat
was conspicuously empty that of Rev Faye
Musa Pama, CAN secretary in the Borno State
Chapter.
“He was assassinated in his home in the
presence of his kids. His kids pleaded for his
life but still he was killed,” the CAN leader
said.
Oritsejafor,however, pleaded with rich
churches in the country to come to the aid
of victims of Boko Haram insurgency as well
as in supporting CAN financially.
Contributing, Akande called on the U.S. State
Department to designate Boko Haram as a
Foreign Terrorist Organisation to give the
issue the international attention it deserves.
(NAN)

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