After many years of calling Boko Haram an Islamic sect, the United States of America on Wednesday November 13, 2013, added the Nigerian Islamic sect, Ahl as-Sunnah lid-da’wa wal-jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram to the list of world terrorists called “Foreign Terrorist Organisations, FTOs.”
According to a statement released by the State Department, by disassociating with the sect, the USA has demonstrated her preparedness to join hand with Nigeria in fighting the group.
“By cutting these terrorist organisations off from US financial institutions and enabling banks to freeze assets held in the United States, these designations demonstrate our strong support for Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and its efforts to address security challenges in the North.
“All of our assistance to Nigeria stresses the importance of protecting civilians and ensuring that human rights are respected. That assistance and these designations demonstrate US’ support for Nigerian people’s fight against Boko Haram,” the State Department said.
In a statement also released by the White House Homeland Security Advisor, Lisa Monaco, Boko Haram has been responsible for multiple attacks that have claimed innocent lives.
“In the last several years, Boko Haram and Ansaru have been responsible for thousands of death in North East and Central Nigeria, including dozens of attacks on churches and mosques, targeted killings of civilians, and the 2011 suicide bombing of the United Nations’ building in Abuja that killed 21 people and injured dozens more,” the White House statement said.