Connect with us – Proudly Nigerian DIY Motivation & Information Blog

US Puts Boko Haram Militants On Terrorists List

Boko Haram News Update in Nigeria

US Puts Boko Haram Militants On Terrorists List

boko haram us terrorist list

June 21st, 2012 – US Puts Boko Haram Militants On Terrorists List

United States has concluded its plans to label 3 Boko Haram Militants as terrorists, a decision that will have an adverse effect on the image of Nigeria.

The application of foreign terrorist tag on

  • Abubakar Shekau, 43
  • Abubakar Adam Kambar, 35, and
  • Khalid al Barnawi, 36 years old would be taken later today, a highly placed security source in the country has said.

This action by the U.S. would result in the freezing of assets in the country belonging to the three persons and even those who are may be linked with them. It would also bar U.S. citizens from interacting or transacting business with them.

The source said the expected announcement of the three leaders of the group by the State and Treasury Departments of the country is as a result of the pressure put on the government of Barack Obama to act in the face of the growing insecurity in the Nigeria which has resulted in the death of over 1, 000 citizens.

Part of this pressure by some Nigerians including President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, and lawmakers of the United States is for the country to label the entire Boko Haram group a foreign terrorist organisation, but it was learnt that President Obama is trying to tread softly as he may not want to bring down the full weight of his country’s powers on Nigeria.

Earlier this year, an official of the National Security of the U.S. Justice Department, Lisa Monaco, had sent a letter to the State Department arguing that Boko Haram met the criteria to be labelled a foreign terrorist group because it either engages in terrorism that threatens the United States or has a capability or intent to do so.

Also, a group of Republican Senators led by Scott Brown of Massachusetts had introduced a legislation which required the State Department to determine whether Boko Haram should be designated as a terrorist group.

Another Republican Representative, Patrick Meehan, who chairs a Homeland Security subcommittee in the House, further introduced an amendment that would force the administration to add Boko Haram to the terrorism list or explain why it was not doing so.

In the heat of the moves by the lawmakers, the Nigerian government, through its diplomats had done everything possible to discourage the U.S. from taking such action as it is believed that it would mar the cordial relationship the country has with Nigeria and that such action by the western country would afford the U.S. the opportunity to use extra-legal and extra-judicial means to confront Boko Haram.

Besides, there are fears that foreign aids, especially from the U.S. would cease to flow to Nigeria once Boko Haram is branded a terrorist group.

Reuters reports that U.S. diplomats are weighing these arguments as there are even counter arguments from academic experts on Africa through a letter to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, urging her not to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group.



  1. Saheed

    June 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    If this is only solution to tackle this terrorist group,let American government continue their action,since our own government is not capable of doing it.

  2. Evelyn

    June 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Wil dat solve d problem? Then d gvt should allow dem 2 take up dat resposibility they could not.

  3. Alabi omotayo

    June 21, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Since our govt can not help d situation,we need GOD intervention and america help to tackle dis terrorist….

  4. 2pac

    June 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    It is long overdue. Let them go ahead and label them international terrorist category “A”. What do we need aids from america for? Only if our senators and co will stop embezling our fund we wil have more than enough and even give to the americans.

  5. Sherifat

    June 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Thank you for doing this. I love US for their rapid response to violence.
    Please we need your help in Nigeria
    Our Preso is incapable of handling these Terrorist using the name of Islam to do evil.

  6. Abiola

    June 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Then that is next thing. Since our own government has nothing 2 do about it. Thanks 2 us government

  7. Chukwudi Ogbu

    June 22, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Infact, the action is highly commendable. Let them also use the opportunity to do what they did in Russia so that their prediction of Nigeria’s disintergration will come to pass. May almighty God be with them & help us.

  8. James

    June 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    That is a good one, u s should help us since our government cant, i believe these would be the dialogue these bokos need. Thumb up u s.

  9. sunny onwe amuche

    June 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    american plz come and help us because uncle jonah is weak b4 we all change our mind to become terrorist .infact president jonsing man is inconpitent

  10. Santa lance

    June 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Let dem go ahead, jons is to weak 2 handle terrorism.

  11. Oversea

    June 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    If American come and face boko haram did boko haram‘s sponsor will not give them information? but why our soldier didn‘t faca boko haram?

  12. Ronke Dorcas Onigbinde

    June 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    GOD is in control. God will help us in Nigerians.

  13. Daniel

    July 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    I wish the would do to this idiots that call themselves boko haram the same tin the did to osama


    March 12, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Boko haram is a terorist organization in Northern Nigeria…. Note that! and the government of Nigeria know that all the Nothern Nigeria leader know about it.I mean all Nothern Nigeria leader babangida,buhari, all the Emirs, all the governors in north formed this deadly organisation. I wish President Goodluck will wake up and split the country in one early morning…

Leave a Reply

Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Boko Haram News Update in Nigeria




To Top