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Why U.S refused to name Boko Haram sect as terrorist group
The United States Government yesterday opened up on why it refused to include the dreaded Islamic group in Nigeria [Boko Haram] in the category of international terrorists groups.
According to the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs at the U.S Department of State, Ambassador Jonnie Carson, the establishment of Boko Haram was to tackle the unproductiveness of Nigerian government.
Carson, who spoke in a continent-wide telephone conference monitored at the US Embassy in Lagos State, said the Islamic militants group is not a homogenous organization, hence cannot be termed a terrorist group.
When asked whether the American Government puts three leaders of the group in its terrorists book, Carson who confirmed the report, said the U.S “constantly keeps Boko Haram under review”
It will be recalled that in late June, the U.S Government placed Abubakar Shekau, Abubakar Adam Kambar, and Khalid al-Barnawi on its list of global terrorists.
He explained further that “These three leaders were declared as terrorists because we believe they have established contacts and broader network with foreign terrorist organizations. They have sought funding and materials,”
In the build up to the November 6 U.S Presidential Election, Mr. Carson spoke extensively on U.S related issues.
The American Representative also spoke on the recent attack on U.S Embassy in Libya where the U.S Ambassador to the country was killed.
“We are suggesting that the “provocative video” was only a means for the attackers to show their interest, which is not necessarily religious but to force U.S government out of those countries.