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US group wants Obama to Intervene in continued Killings of Christians by Boko Haram
From: African Examiner          Published On: January 2, 2013, 08:54 GMT
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US group wants Obama to Intervene in continued Killings of Christians by Boko Haram

President Barack Obama

A US based Christian group, Christian Association of Nigerian-
Americans (CANAN) has urged President Barrack Obama to
intervene in what it called “tradition of killing Nigerian Christians on Christmas day” by the Islamic militant sect Boko Haram.

In an SOS letter sent to the White House, the group said last year
alone Boko Haram killed over 800 Nigerian Christians.

Here is the full text of the group save-our-soul letter

“We had warned that Boko Haram would continue its tradition of
killing Nigerian Christians on Christmas day. Last week marked the
third straight year that the terror group has murdered Nigerian
Christians in the church on a Christmas day.

“But the problem is worse than that. This year alone Boko Haram has
killed almost 800 Nigerians, most of whom are Christians. In the last
three years, over 3000 have been sent to tragic deaths. Victims also
include people from several other countries.

“The Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan again over the
weekend acknowledged his government's inability so far to quell the
Boko Haram attacks. According to the Associated Press, Jonathan's
remarks offer a glimpse into "the worried leader's mind as his weak
government remains unable to stop attacks by the Boko Haram."

“Our government in Washington DC, especially the White House and
the State Department are fully aware of what is going on. But both
President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton have simply tolerated this impunity by their inaction.

“Already, American citizens have been affected, and the United
Nations building in Abuja has been attacked by these terrorists. The
US Congress have affirmed that Boko Haram is a threat to the US,
especially with the group's suspected links to al-Qaida.

“On Christmas day in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram was busy
slashing the throats of Christians right inside their churches or at
their homes. At least 15 of such barbaric killings have been reported
in the past number of days. Worshippers had to watch in terror as
their colleagues throats were cut off!

“We are asking today: is President Barack Obama and the State
Department comfortable to be a mere witness to this evil? Is
President Obama not aware that they are cutting the throats of
innocent Nigerians who are simply practicing their faith?

“In the hope that President Obama is not comfortable with what is
going on, we as Nigerian-Americans, are appealing to his humanity to
please instruct the State Department to do what is right and to label
the Boko Haram group an FTO.

“Such a designation would send the warning signal to those financing
and supporting the terrorists that the game is up. Without it, Boko
Haram financiers and supporters are being dangerously awarded a
grant of impunity!”

Laolu Akande
Executive Director
Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN
P. O. Box 1041
Bay Shore, New York 11706

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