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Nigerians in US Condemn Boko Haram

Nigerians in US Condemn Boko Haram

In their first collective response to the ongoing violent Islamic terrorism in Nigeria, Nigerians and “Naija-Americans” in the United States have unequivocally condemned the string of deadly, bombings of Christian Churches in Northern Nigeria by Boko Haram.  They also called on the US State Department to declare Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), based on their activity and International linkages.

In a statement which followed meetings held in Baltimore, Maryland, the group, Nigerian Coalition Against Terrorism (NCAT) denounced Northern Nigerian political leaders for provocative comments presaging Boko Haram violence, and called on the Moslem and political leadership of Northern Nigeria, especially the Northern Political Leadership Forum (NPLF), to bring it to an immediate and unconditional halt.

Drawing attention to quotations from such Nigerians as former Head of State Muhammadu Buhari, Adamu Ciroma and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, it said inherent in the insensitive and reckless remarks is a drive towards, Islamization and ethnic domination of the rest of Nigeria by NPLF and their surrogates, which appears to be the ultimate prize for Boko Haram and its sponsors.

NCAT noted that as a group, NPLF has never uttered a syllable of condemnation for the Boko Haram blood-shed. “Rather, the statements attributed to their membership indicate tacit support for continued Boko Haram violence as a surrogate for Islamic, Hausa-Fulani, continued political dominance of Nigeria,” it said. It asked the Goodluck Administration to note that the rationale for the endless cycle of ethnic and religious killings in Northern Nigeria, especially of Igbos and other indigenes of Nigeria as in the Jos crisis is primarily because no Nigerian government, state or Federal, has ever prosecuted anyone for these crimes.

“This time around, we not only expect the Federal Government of Nigeria to deploy its security apparatus in defense of innocent citizens of Nigeria inhabiting the Sharia Belt of Nigeria, but also prosecute to the maximum, perpetrators and agitators of Boko Haram violence,” NCAT said. “These crimes rise to the level of Crimes against Humanity and should be so handled.”

NCAT also wants Nigeria to pull out of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).  

Full text of the statement:

NIGERIANS IN US CONDEMN BOKO HARAM TERRORISM

CALL FOR FTO STATUS FOR BOKO HARAM, LAMBAST NPLF AND URGE NIGERIAN WITHDRAWAL FROM OIC

 June 27, 2012, Washington DC. In their first collective response to current extreme Islamic terrorism in Nigeria, Nigerians and “Naija-Americans” in the United States have given an unequivocal condemnation of the string of deadly, bombings of Christian Churches in Northern Nigeria by Boko Haram. Boko Haram (in Hausa, translates Western Education is sinful) is a Moslem terrorist organization operating mainly in the Northern Sharia Belt of Nigeria. Following series of meetings held in Baltimore Maryland, Nigerian Coalition Against Terrorism (NCAT) denounced Northern Nigerian political leaders for provocative comments presaging Boko Haram violence. They issued the following statements:

 

1. “We, Nigerians and Americans of Nigerian heritage living in the USA, totally condemn the senseless and continuing savagery and slaughter of innocent lives of Nigerians in Northern Nigeria by Boko Haram. We call on the Moslem and political leadership of Northern Nigeria, especially the NPLF, to bring this to an immediate and unconditional halt.”

 

2. “We wish the Goodluck Administration to note that the rationale for the endless cycle of ethnic and religious killings in Northern Nigeria, especially of Igbos and other indigenes of Nigeria as in the Jos crisis  is primarily because no Nigerian government, state or Federal, has ever prosecuted anyone for these crimes. This time around, we not only expect the Federal Government of Nigeria to deploy its security apparatus in defense of innocent citizens of Nigeria inhabiting the Sharia Belt of Nigeria, but also prosecute to the maximum, perpetrators and agitators of Boko Haram violence. These crimes rise to the level of Crimes against Humanity and should be so handled. “

 

3. The genesis of the present crisis stems from post-electoral, irresponsible and unstatesmanlike remarks from the likes of General Buhari, Adamu Ciroma and former Nigerian Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. These men, previous apex office holders in Nigerian political hierarchy, currently are all members of the ultra-secretive, religious, Northern Political Leadership Forum (NPLF). Notably, as a group, NPLF has never uttered a syllable of condemnation for the Boko Haram blood-shed. Rather, the statements attributed to their membership indicate tacit support for continued Boko Haram violence as a surrogate for Islamic, Hausa-Fulani, continued political dominance of Nigeria. 

 

4. Inflammatory statements such as: “Those that make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable”- Alhaji Abubakar Atiku the former Vice President of Nigeria!

“They keep on saying Boko Haram should come out in the open, let them stop attacking people. That sounds very strange to many of us”- Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Former Governor Central Bank of Nigeria.  The question may be who are us?

"Anything short of a Northern President is tantamount to stealing our presidency.” - Lawal Kaita

“If what happened in 2011 (alleged rigging) should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood-“Mohammed Buhari- A former Military Ruler of Nigeria.

 

 5. Deductive from these insensitive and reckless remarks is a drive towards, Islamization and ethnic domination of the rest of Nigeria by NPLF and their surrogates. That appears the ultimate prize for Boko Haram and its sponsors. “We Nigerians, living in the US will never accede to any attempt to Islamize Nigeria at any point in its history but support freedom of religion. We support a democratic Nigeria where the rule of law is primary and live and let live is the order of the day. We do urge the complete withdrawal of Nigeria’s membership of OIC, Organization of Islamic Conference, for the good of the Nation.”

 

6. “We urge the US State Department to declare Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization, (FTO) based on their activity and International linkages. This is the only deterrent to the big wig support they currently have and that is why the huge misguided, self-serving, lobbying of the State Department not to take that step. Boko Haram Nigerian political supporters are scared of daylight! It is sacrilegious lobbying the civilized governments to give a pass to international terrorism and Crimes Against Humanity. The US and Nigeria have common interests which may be jeopardized by this profligate unilateralism for Islamization of Nigeria. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”

 

NCAT, again totally supports freedom of religion and peaceful coexistence of ethnicities in Nigeria.

 

The Nigerian Coalition Against Terrorism will hold a Memorial Service at the Catholic Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC at 2.00 PM, on Saturday June 30, 2012. This service is in memory of all those who have lost their lives at the hands of Boko Haram and their sponsors. It should be recalled that Boko Haram bombed St Theresa’s Catholic Church, near Abuja on Christmas day 2011. Innocent men, women and children who were in anticipatory worship for that feast were killed and injured. The bombing of United Nations building in Abuja followed sometime later.  Al Qaida started thus and before long they were flexing their muscle. Boko Haram has ideological congruency with Al Qaida and their patronymic Taliban of Afghanistan. “By their fruits you shall know them”.                                                  

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