If you read between the lines in the above press release you
will realize that CAIR supports BOKO HARAM in their effort to
prevent school girls from getting a western education. But of
course CAIR cannot come out and say it because it is supposed
to be a moderate organization when in reality it is filled with
bloodthirsty Muslim jihadist sympathizers who want to create
an environment where terrorism can occur within the US
Borders. They do this by opposing the NSA, FBI interrogations,
surveillance by anti-terrorist units etc so that can create an
atmosphere where terrorist plots can be hatched and carried
Note how CAIR writes “we urge authorities in Nigeria and
throughout the region” blah blah blah but they don’t call for
help from the United States because they want to see Boko
Haram commit more atrocities. It is not what is there it is
WHAT IS MISSING.
The press release also states the last time CAIR condemned
Boko Harum was in 2011 – December 2011. This is a list of
actions by Boko Haram took place after December 2011 which
by its own admission were ignored by CAIR because CAIR
sympathized with the group of slime and was happy to see
them murder Christians.
WORLD BRIEFING - AFRICA - Nigeria - Hostages Killed as Rescue ...
... on a bank construction project in Nigeria, which has experienced an increase in
violence linked to Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group.
March 9, 2012 - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Archive - Article - Print Headline:
"WORLD BRIEFING | AFRICA,Nigeria: Hostages Killed as Rescue Fails"
Nigeria - After Church Bombing, Deadly Attacks in Reprisal ...
The militant Islamist sect Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a wave of
bomb attacks on churches across Nigeria since December.
March 12, 2012 - By REUTERS - World / Africa - Article - Print Headline: "Nigeria:
After Church Bombing, Deadly Attacks in Reprisal"
Nigeria Says Hostages Died Before Failed Rescue Raid
Nigeria's secretive State Security Service also said that the mastermind of the
kidnapping, by members of the sect Boko Haram, died after being ...
March 14, 2012 - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - World / Africa - Article - Print
Headline: "Nigeria Hostages Slain Before Effort To Rescue Them"
Suicide Bombing Kills Dozens in Nigeria
... and the authorities said they had no immediate suspects, though a radical
Islamist sect known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for ...
April 8, 2012 - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - World / Africa - Article - Print
Headline: "2 Churches Damaged by Nigeria Car Bomb"
Nigeria - Newspaper Offices Bombed
The radical Islamic sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility. In Abuja, the capital,
the suicide bomber drove into the reception area of a major ...
April 27, 2012 - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - World / Africa - Article - Print
Headline: "Nigeria: Newspaper Offices Bombed"
Attack on Christians in Nigeria Kills at Least 16
Boko Haram is waging a growing sectarian battle against Nigeria's weak central
government, with attacks across the country's predominantly ...
April 29, 2012 - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - World / Africa - Article - Print
Headline: "Gunmen Kill 16 at Church In Nigeria"
Bomber Strikes Nigerian Church, as Attacks on Christians Mount ...
Boko Haram has been blamed for hundreds of killings in bombings or gun attacks
over the past two years. It says it is fighting to reinstate an ...
June 3, 2012 - By REUTERS - World / Africa - Article - Print Headline: "Bomber
Strikes Nigerian Church, As Attacks on Christians Mount"
Boko Haram Gunmen Free 40 From Nigeria Prison
LAGOS, Nigeria (Reuters) — Members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram stormed a
prison in northern Nigeria on Sunday and freed 40 inmates, ...
June 24, 2012 - By REUTERS - World / Americas - Article - Print Headline:
"Militants Attack Jail in Nigeria, Freeing 40"
At Least 25 Are Killed at Nigerian College
But while the Islamist sect Boko Haram has killed hundreds of people in the
region over the last year, suspicion this time appeared to be ...
October 2, 2012 - By ADAM NOSSITER - World / Africa - Article - Print Headline:
"Attack at Nigerian College Leaves at Least 25 Dead"
6 Killed at Church Service in Nigeria
The strike took place after a midnight service outside Potiskum, in Yobe State,
where the Islamist sect Boko Haram has carried out several ...
December 25, 2012 - By REUTERS - World / Africa - Article - Print Headline:
"Nigeria: 6 Killed at Church Service
3 North Korean Doctors Are Killed in Nigeria
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, though suspicion fell on the Islamist
sectBoko Haram. Members of the sect, whose name means ...
February 10, 2013 - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - World / Africa - Article - Print
Headline: "3 North Korean Doctors Are Killed in Nigeria"
Video Shows Group Holds Family Seized in Cameroon
On Monday evening, French officials, including Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault,
identified the kidnappers as members of Boko Haram, with ...
February 25, 2013 - By ADAM NOSSITER - World / Africa - Article - Print Headline:
"Video Shows Group Holds Family Seized In Cameroon"
Islamists Kill 7 Captives in Nigeria, a Shift in Tactics
The Islamist group Boko Haram has previously attacked, for the most part,
officials and institutions associated with the federal and local ...
March 10, 2013 - By ADAM NOSSITER - World / Africa - Article - Print Headline:
"Islamists Kill 7 Captives In Nigeria"
Suicide Bombers Strike Bus Depot in Nigeria
But the attack bore the hallmarks of the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has
been waging an intermittently bloody insurgency against the ...
March 18, 2013 - By ADAM NOSSITER - World / Africa - Article - Print Headline:
"Bombs Strike Bus Station In Nigeria"
9 Students Killed at School in Nigeria
In that attack, the militants identified themselves as members of the radical
sectBoko Haram, whose name translates as “Western education is ...
June 18, 2013 - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - World / Africa - Article - Print
Headline: "Nigeria: 9 Students Killed at School"
Nigeria - Gunmen Kill 56 in Northeast
Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members attacked the mosque in Konduga,
22 miles outside Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno ...
August 12, 2013 - By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE - World / Africa - Article - Print
Headline: "Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 56 in Northeast"
Militants Blamed After Dozens Killed at Nigerian College - NYTimes ...
Gunmen believed to be Islamic militants from the extremist group Boko
Haram shot more than 40 students as they slept in northeast Nigeria.
September 29, 2013 - By ADAM NOSSITER - World / Africa - Article - Print
Headline: "Militants Blamed After Dozens Killed at Nigerian College"
State Dept. Calls Group in Nigeria Terrorists
The State Department has designated Boko Haram, a homegrown Islamist
movement in Nigeria, as a terrorist group.
November 13, 2013 - By ERIC SCHMITT - World / Africa - Article - Print Headline:
"State Dept. Calls Group In Nigeria Terrorists"
As Gunmen Kill 45 in Nigeria, Suspicion Falls on Militants - NYTimes ...
The attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria was attributed to the Islamist
groupBoko Haram, which had lately regrouped in a rural area of ...
Jan. 27, 2014 - By ADAM NOSSITER - World - article - Print Headline: "As Gunmen
Kill 45 in Nigeria, Suspicion Falls on Militants"
Islamist Militants Blamed for Deadly College Attack in Nigeria ...
It was the fourth deadly attack on a Nigerian school by the Boko Haram group in
less than a year.
Feb. 25, 2014 - By ADAM NOSSITER - World - article - Print Headline: "Islamist
Militants Blamed for College Attack in Nigeria"
Nigeria Fears Captive Girls Will Be Held as Sex Slaves
The girls were kidnapped early Tuesday from a state school in the heartland of
theBoko Haram insurgency, startling a country already numbed ...
April 17, 2014 - By ADAM NOSSITER - World - article - Print Headline: "Nigeria
Fears Captive Girls Will Be Held as Sex Slaves"
AUGUST 30, 2011
Western Officials Seek Softer
Approach to Militants in
By ADAM NOSSITER
ABUJA, Nigeria — Amid increasing evidence that the Nigerian government’s
heavy-handed strategy for containing a radical Islamist sect has failed, some
Western officials are urging a new and less militarized approach.
The suicide bombing of the United Nations headquarters here on Friday, which
killed 23 people, has added urgency to their appeal, demonstrating that the sect,
Boko Haram, has expanded its scope well beyond domestic targets. Far from
being crushed by Nigerian firepower, Boko Haram, which claimed
responsibility for the attack, appears to be confirming the worst fears of Western
analysts and diplomats — that repression is hastening its transformation into a
menacing transnational force, with possible links to Al Qaeda’s North African
Repeated Nigerian military incursions against the group have yielded many
civilian casualties but still not stopped Boko Haram. It merely went
underground after a bloody operation against it in 2009, and now carries out
regular attacks against the Nigerian government.
“I think we’d like to see Nigeria take a more holistic approach,” said the
American ambassador here, Terence P. McCulley, in an interview at the well-
guarded and fortresslike United States Embassy here in the Nigerian capital.
“Clearly, the 2009 tactics may have contributed to the current direction,” he
said, adding that the Nigerian security forces should not jeopardize civilians in
their operations. He suggested that the government “address the grievances” of
the northern population on economic and social matters.
Boko Haram continues to call for a strict application of Shariah law and the
freeing of imprisoned members in northern Nigeria, where mass unemployment
and poverty have fueled social discontent. Overall, some 50 million youths are
underemployed, the World Bank says, in a country of 154 million. Despite
abundant oil revenues, incomes have barely budged in 30 years, life expectancy
is only 48 and the country remains one of the most economically unequal in the
world, the United Nations says.
In the wake of Friday’s bombing, analysts and officials warn that those factors
make repression a poor tactic for confronting Boko Haram.
“The chickens have come home to roost,” said another Western diplomat, who
was not authorized to speak publicly. “Nigeria’s political elite has been ruling
irresponsibly for decades, shamelessly plundering the nation’s wealth with little
or no regard for the country’s masses,” the diplomat said in an e-mail. “The rise
of Boko Haram and its millions of tacit, quiet supporters is a challenge to this
corrupt political class.”
A Nigerian government spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
Mr. McCulley, the American ambassador, called the United Nations bombing a
“paradigm shift,” adding that “it suggests Boko Haram has upped its game, if
you will. It seems to show it wishes to expand its scope beyond the domestic.”
The ambassador said that the attack on the United Nations was a “game
changer,” and that American interests could also be in the group’s sights. “It
would be foolish to consider that we are not a possible target as well,” he said.
Indeed, in a conference call after the attack, a man describing himself as a
spokesman for Boko Haram said that the United States was culpable because it
“has been collaborating with the Nigerian government to clamp down on our
members nationwide.” Both he and another self-described spokesman warned of
more attacks to come.
Mr. McCulley, while saying there was no “direct evidence” of links between
Boko Haram and Al Qaeda, said the group’s attacks have “become more
sophisticated, more Al Qaeda-like. They’ve adopted some of their tactics.”
Other Western and Nigerian officials and analysts say members of Boko Haram
have met and trained with Qaeda affiliates outside the country. They also cite
propaganda by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in which the group boasts of
assisting Boko Haram and pledges to help it avenge attacks on Muslims in
Nigeria, including the killing of Boko Haram’s leader during the 2009 military
Mr. McCulley said that current American training programs with Nigerian
security services could be expanded. “I believe that going forward we’re going
to have a more robust engagement with the army,” he said. F.B.I. agents arrived
here to assist with the investigation soon after the bombing.
Even after the deadly United Nations bombing, which killed 11 United Nations
staff members, including 10 Nigerians and one Norwegian woman, political
violence attributed to Boko Haram continued in northern Nigeria over the
weekend. A bomb was thrown into the home of the former police minister — no
one was injured — and a local official was shot in his home by gunmen in
Borno State, the center of the insurgency.
These attacks have become so routine in northern Nigeria that they now rate
only a few paragraphs in the country’s newspapers. On Tuesday, Nigerian
media reported that the national police chief, Hafiz Ringim, announced arrests
in the United Nations bombing, but previous such arrests have not led to any
decline in Boko Haram’s activities. Mr. Ringim had vowed earlier that Boko
Haram’s days were “numbered,” and after his headquarters in Abuja was
bombed in June, the police chief announced a crackdown.
“I don’t think the federal government knows who they are; that’s problem No.
1,” a Western official said in an interview here last month. The official, not
authorized to speak publicly, said of the 2009 crackdown, “They didn’t really
know what to do, so, ‘Let’s just send in a bunch of military and police, and wipe
’em all out.’ ”
January 2, 2012
In Nigeria, Boko Haram Is Not
By JEAN HERSKOVITS
GOVERNMENTS and newspapers around the world attributed the horrific
Christmas Day bombings of churches in Nigeria to “Boko Haram” — a
shadowy group that is routinely described as an extremist Islamist organization
based in the northeast corner of Nigeria. Indeed, since the May inauguration of
President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the Niger Delta in the country’s
south, Boko Haram has been blamed for virtually every outbreak of violence in
But the news media and American policy makers are chasing an elusive and ill-
defined threat; there is no proof that a well-organized, ideologically coherent
terrorist group called Boko Haram even exists today. Evidence suggests instead
that, while the original core of the group remains active, criminal gangs have
adopted the name Boko Haram to claim responsibility for attacks when it suits
The United States must not be drawn into a Nigerian “war on terror” —
rhetorical or real — that would make us appear biased toward a Christian
president. Getting involved in an escalating sectarian conflict that threatens the
country’s unity could turn Nigerian Muslims against America without
addressing any of the underlying problems that are fueling instability and
sectarian strife in Nigeria.
Since August, when Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of the United States
Africa Command, warned that Boko Haram had links to Al Qaeda affiliates, the
perceived threat has grown. Shortly after General Ham’s warning, the United
Nations’ headquarters in Abuja was bombed, and simplistic explanations
blaming Boko Haram for Nigeria’s mounting security crisis became routine.
Someone who claims to be a spokesman for Boko Haram — with a name no
one recognizes and whom no one has been able to identify or meet with — has
issued threats and statements claiming responsibility for attacks. Remarkably,
the Nigerian government and the international news media have simply
accepted what he says.
In late November, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland
Security issued a report with the provocative title: “Boko Haram: Emerging
Threat to the U.S. Homeland.” The report makes no such case, but nevertheless
proposes that the organization be added to America’s list of foreign terrorist
organizations. The State Department’s Africa bureau disagrees, but pressure
from Congress and several government agencies is mounting.
Boko Haram began in 2002 as a peaceful Islamic splinter group. Then
politicians began exploiting it for electoral purposes. But it was not until 2009
that Boko Haram turned to violence, especially after its leader, a young Muslim
cleric named Mohammed Yusuf, was killed while in police custody. Video
footage of Mr. Yusuf’s interrogation soon went viral, but no one was tried and
punished for the crime. Seeking revenge, Boko Haram targeted the police, the
military and local politicians — all of them Muslims.
It was clear in 2009, as it is now, that the root cause of violence and anger in
both the north and south of Nigeria is endemic poverty and hopelessness.
Influential Nigerians from Maiduguri, where Boko Haram is centered, pleaded
with Mr. Jonathan’s government in June and July not to respond to Boko Haram
with force alone. Likewise, the American ambassador, Terence P. McCulley,
has emphasized, both privately and publicly, that the government must address
socio-economic deprivation, which is most severe in the north. No one seems to
Instead, approximately 25 percent of Nigeria’s budget for 2012 is allocated for
security, even though the military and police routinely respond to attacks with
indiscriminate force and killing. Indeed, according to many Nigerians I’ve
talked to from the northeast, the army is more feared than Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram has evolved into a franchise that includes criminal
groups claiming its identity. Revealingly, Nigeria’s State Security Services
issued a statement on Nov. 30, identifying members of four “criminal
syndicates” that send threatening text messages in the name of Boko Haram.
Southern Nigerians — not northern Muslims — ran three of these four
syndicates, including the one that led the American Embassy and other foreign
missions to issue warnings that emptied Abuja’s high-end hotels. And last week,
the security services arrested a Christian southerner wearing northern Muslim
garb as he set fire to a church in the Niger Delta. In Nigeria, religious terrorism
is not always what it seems.
None of this excuses Boko Haram’s killing of innocents. But it does raise
questions about a rush to judgment that obscures Nigeria’s complex reality.
Many Nigerians already believe that the United States unconditionally supports
Mr. Jonathan’s government, despite its failings. They believe this because
Washington praised the April elections that international observers found
credible, but that many Nigerians, especially in the north, did not. Likewise,
Washington’s financial support for Nigeria’s security forces, despite their
documented human rights abuses, further inflames Muslim Nigerians in the
Mr. Jonathan’s recent actions have not helped matters. He told Nigerians last
week, “The issue of bombing is one of the burdens we must live with.” On New
Year’s Eve, he declared a state of emergency in parts of four northern states,
leading to increased military activity there. And on New Year’s Day, he
removed a subsidy on petroleum products, more than doubling the price of fuel.
In a country where 90 percent of the population lives on $2 or less a day, anger
is rising nationwide as the costs of transport and food increase dramatically.
Since Nigeria’s return to civilian rule in 1999, many politicians have used ethnic
and regional differences and, most disastrously, religion for their own purposes.
Northern Muslims — indeed, all Nigerians — are desperate for a government
that responds to their most basic needs: personal security and hope for
improvement in their lives. They are outraged over government policies and
expenditures that undermine both.
The United States should not allow itself to be drawn into this quicksand by
focusing on Boko Haram alone. Washington is already seen by many northern
Muslims — including a large number of longtime admirers of America — as
biased toward a Christian president from the south. The United States must
work to avoid a self-fulfilling prophecy that makes us into their enemy. Placing
Boko Haram on the foreign terrorist list would cement such views and make
more Nigerians fear and distrust America.
Jean Herskovits, a professor of history at the State University of New York, Purchase, has
written on Nigerian politics since 1970.
May 25, 2013
Kerry, in Africa, Presses
Nigeria on Human Rights
By MICHAEL R. GORDON
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Making his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as
secretary of state, John Kerry urged Nigeria on Saturday to uphold human rights
as it steps up its fight against Islamic extremists.
“One’s person’s atrocity does not excuse another’s,” Mr. Kerry said, when
asked about reports of serious human rights violations by Nigerian forces.
“We defend the right completely of the government of Nigeria to defend itself
and to fight back against terrorists,” he added. “That said, I have raised the issue
of human rights with the government.”
Mr. Kerry’s visit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the African Union
comes during a trip that is mainly devoted to Middle East diplomacy. Since he
left Washington on Monday, Mr. Kerry has traveled to Oman, Israel and Jordan,
to which he will return on Sunday.
Even in Africa, the Syrian crisis was on his agenda. Mr. Kerry conferred with
the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, on the international
conference the United States is trying to arrange next month in Geneva with
representatives of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and the Syrian opposition.
Mr. Ban talked with Mr. Kerry about his meetings with Russian officials in
Moscow. Mr. Kerry is scheduled to meet with the Russian foreign minister in
Paris on Monday to discuss the planning for the Geneva meeting.
As Mr. Kerry visits Africa, Nigeria is stepping up its fight against Islamist
militants; France is preparing to hand over to an African force much of the
responsibility for protecting Mali from Islamic fighters; and tensions between
Sudan and South Sudan have flared.
President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria recently declared a state of emergency
in the country’s northeast provinces and ordered air and ground assaults against
Boko Haram, a militant group. But reports that Nigerian forces have carried out
extrajudicial killings, including against civilians, have become a problem for the
United States, which provides law enforcement assistance and has cooperated
with Nigeria, a major oil supplier, on counterterrorism issues.
Earlier this month, Mr. Kerry, in a statement, noted “credible allegations”
that Nigerian forces had been engaged in “gross human rights violations.”
Mr. Kerry returned to that theme on Saturday in a joint news conference with
Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Asked about reports
of human rights violations — there have been reports of large-scale civilian
killings by the army and police in Nigeria — Mr. Kerry said the Nigerian
government had acknowledged that abuses had occurred.
“They are working to try to control it,” he said. But revenge was not an
adequate strategy, he said.
What is needed “is good governance,” Mr. Kerry said. “It’s ridding yourself of a
terrorist organization so that you can establish a standard of law that people can
respect. And that’s what needs to happen in Nigeria.”
Before meeting with the foreign minister of Sudan, Mr. Kerry noted that he
planned to send a special envoy soon to work on reducing tensions between the
The difficulties, he said, went beyond border disputes and involved the concerns
of residents in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile States of Sudan who did not
want to be compelled by the Sudanese government to live by strict Islamic rules.
“You have people who for a long time have felt that they want their secular
governance and their identity respected,” Mr. Kerry said. “That’s the
The tensions, he added, had been exacerbated by the support rebels in Sudan
had received from South Sudan.
Mr. Kerry was scheduled to meet with the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi,
later on Saturday. At a March meeting in Cairo, Mr. Morsi promised to move
ahead with negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, and Mr. Kerry
announced that the United States would provide $250 million in assistance to
Egypt. But concerns have mounted since that Egypt is not prepared to undertake
serious economic overhauls.
The African Union, the organization that Mr. Kerry is in Ethiopia to celebrate,
remains, half a century in, a work in progress. First molded by the Pan-African
ideals of Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana in the 1950s and ’60s when it
became the first African state to break its colonial bonds, the union, then known
as the Organization for African Unity, emphasized African self-reliance and
But those notions quickly curdled into a doctrine that led African leaders to
believe that they were above reproach. Autocratic, corrupt leaders like Mobutu
Sese Seko of Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo; Idi Amin
of Uganda; and Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Ivory Coast earned the organization
the nickname “dictator’s club.”
In the 1990s, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya, who saw the body as a way to
extend his influence on the continent, bankrolled its reorganization as the
African Union. Colonel Qaddafi pushed the idea of transforming Africa, a
collection of postcolonial fragments divided by borders that were drawn
arbitrarily by Western powers, into a vast, unified state that could play a
powerful role in global affairs.
In 2009, Colonel Qaddafi was chosen as the African Union’s chairman. His
swearing-in ceremony looked like a coronation, and traditional African leaders
hailed him as the “king of kings.”
Thabo Mbeki, the former South African president, also tried to exert influence
on the African Union, leading the New Partnership for Africa’s Development,
which he hoped would offer an alternative to Western-imposed aid and
development plans. Its progress, like most African Union projects, has been
The African Union has increasingly taken a leading role in peacekeeping
missions in some African conflicts.
Lydia Polgreen contributed reporting from Johannesburg.
January 10, 2014
President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the release of 167
people who were arrested during a military campaign to end an
Islamist insurgency in the northeast, the Ministry of Defense said
Friday. Mr. Jonathan is struggling to end an insurgency by the
group Boko Haram. He intensified a military campaign against the
insurgents in May last year but also has said that he wants to
pursue peaceful avenues for reconciliation. Western governments
have called for an improvement in Nigeria’s human rights record
and more transparency over the treatment of detainees. Human
rights groups accuse Nigeria of detaining suspects without formal
charges and carrying out extrajudicial killings and torture. The
army denies those allegations.
lectures Nigeria’s former leader Yakubu Gowon in March 2010.