US Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) and the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) made statement Thursday condemning the latest Boko Haram attack on Christians. Last Sunday a suicide bomber detonated himself killing two and injuring 48. Rep. King and others on the US Committee on Homeland Security have been trying to get the US State Dept. to label Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization to no avail. Maybe this latest act of violence will be enough to get the State Dept. to tell us what many of their victims already know. Boko Haram is a terrorist organization.
09/28/2012 United States (Leadership) – Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Pastor Laolu Akande, Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN), on Thursday issued the following joint statement in response to Sunday’s Boko Haram bombing of a Catholic church in northern Nigeria, which killed a woman and a child and injured 48:
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the latest atrocity waged by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria. Sunday’s bombing at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bauchi is the latest in ongoing, coordinated attacks by Boko Haram on Catholic and other Christian churches in Nigeria, including the 2011 Christmas Day and 2012 Easter Day bombings. Since January 2011, these terrorist attacks have killed over 1,500 Nigerian Christians.
Twice this year, King and Rep. Patrick Meehan, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, have requested that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
Their most recent letter to Clinton is available HERE. Last year, under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Meehan, the Committee released a bipartisan report entitled “;Boko Haram – Emerging Threat to the U.S. Homeland” and convened a related hearing.