Boko Haram Is a Response To Political Events in Nigeria-Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of
Boko Haram Is a Response To Political Events in Nigeria-Jo
hnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa
Two Republican lawmakers on Monday urged the United States to designate Nigeria’s Boko Haram as a terrorist group, warning not to be complacent against what they called a growing threat.
The appeal comes just after a senior US diplomat recommended against a terrorist label, saying that the Islamist-oriented group was not monolithic and was primarily driven by local grievances.Representatives Peter King and Patrick Meehan said that Boko Haram — which was blamed for coordinated attacks on January 20 that killed 185 people — was evolving in a similar way as the Pakistani Taliban and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen.