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Will Boko Haram rate an FTO designation?

Friday, December 21, 2012 (3:37 am)
Posted in: Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution - Africa, Nigeria

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

nigeriaABUJA, NIGERIA (Worthy News)– Christian groups have petitioned the U.S. government to designate the African Islamist group Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, but that designation is opposed by Nigeria's own government.

The Nigerian ambassador fears that the FTO designation would embolden Boko Haram by increasing its international prestige, thereby attracting the attention of larger Islamist groups that would be willing to support it with arms and jihadist training.

Further, the FTO designation could adversely affect foreign investment in Nigeria, driving away investors who would be reluctant to do business in a nation with both a struggling economy and an internationally recognized terrorist organization.

However, the U.S. chapter of the Christian Association of Nigerians has argued that terrorism is not a major obstacle for investors who will "go for profit wherever they can find it, even if it is in the mouth of a lion."

Instead of empowering Boko Haram, the chapter claims that the FTO designation would hamper Haram's ability to obtain funds outside Nigeria's borders because other Islamist groups might think twice about associating with a Foreign Terrorist Organization. But whether an FTO designation would stop the persecution of Christians in Nigeria is problematic: earlier this month, a U.S. military report has already revealed links between al-Qaeda and Haram, whose members have already killed more than 3,000 Nigerians.

So as the international community continues to argue about how to classify Boko Haram, Christians in Nigeria continue to live in fear from it, whatever it's designation.

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    Is America a Christian, Islamic or an animist nation? What joy does a so-called Christian nation derives in watching other Christians being slaughtered for no reason other than their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ ? Well who knows whether God made you a super power for a time like this? If you refuse to defend the persecuted Christians all over the world, God will raise help for them from somewhere but be sure that when the scotching winds will blow, America will never be exempted. Pastor Simon T. D from northern Nigeria

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    I would request all Christians around the world to join hands in prayer so as to intercede for our brethren in Nigeria and other countries who are tortured and persecuted.

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