The U.K.’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, has publicly called on the British parliament to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. Though no decisive action has been taken by the parliament as of yet, the U.K. official’s call for the Islamic sect’s designation serves as a progressive step in the International Community’s recognition of atrocities committed by Boko Haram—primarily against Christians in northern Nigeria. The U.S., though have designated individuals within Boko Haram as terrorists, has yet to seriously address the question of designation Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), an action which would mandate decisive action by the U.S., including the imposition of severe sanctions. Many believe designations by world superpowers, such as the U.S. and U.K. would help immensely in the fight to neutralize Boko Haram’s pursuit of a separate Islamic state, which has led the group to systematically slay pastors, arson churches, and loot Christian villages throughout northern Nigeria.
7/9/2013 Nigeria (National Review) — Britain’s government announced today that it will add the radical Islamic group Boko Haram to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege,” has waged a campaign over the years to wipe out Nigerian Christians. In its most recent act of terror on Saturday, the group slaughtered at least 41 children and a teacher at a boarding school.
”They burned the children alive,” said Musa Hassan, 15, who heard the screams of his fellow pupils. Boko Haram’s victims also include Nigerian Muslims who seek a way of life not controlled by Islamic sharia law. The group’s serial killing sprees have caused the deaths of over 3,000 Nigerians since 2009.
In an attack last October, members of the group executed a suicide bombing at St. Rita Catholic Church during Mass that killed ten congregants and wounded at least 145.
Sadly, the U.S. and its allies have largely yawned at Boko Haram’s blood-soaked campaign to create an Islamic-dominated region in northern Nigeria. The al-Qaeda-linked Boko Haram has neither been listed by the U.S. government nor by the European Union as a foreign terrorist organization. Plainly put, the West’s counterterrorism indifference to one of Africa’s most lethal Islamic terror entities is shocking.