NIGERIAN Ambassador to the United States, Professor Adebowale Adefuye, has strongly objected to the call for the designation of the Boko Haram group by the United States government as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO).
The ambassador, who made his objection at a recent meeting with the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC, told the group that “we are no less repulsed by this violence, our revulsion is not less than yours,” but added that the incidence of terrorism in Nigeria would have been greater than what it currently is, were it not for the government’s onslaught against Boko Haram.
Adefuye said “preventive measures which have been put in place by the federal government have reduced the incidence of the attacks,” while noting that the US government had also been actively backing the federal government in quelling the activities of the terror group.
Adefuye added that “the rapidity and frequency of Boko Haram violence have been prevented by our forces and Americans backing us,” while promising to report the views of CANAN back to the federal government.
Speaking, leader of the CANAN delegation, Archbishop Joseph Alexander, stated that concerted international efforts were needed to end the Boko Haram attacks, saying “on our minds is the peace of the Nigerian nation; we need to get other nations to help Nigeria end the terrorism of Boko Haram.”
It will be recalled that the CANAN had called for the designation of the insurgent group as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) by the United States government since September this year.