Nigerian Americans to Obama: Stop ignoring yearly jihadist Christmas massacres

Friday, January 4, 2013
Michael F. Haverluck (

President Obama continues to shy away from addressing Islamists' murdering of thousands of Christians over the past three years in Nigeria after spending tens of millions to help pass pro-abortion laws in Kenya.

When Nigerian Christians should have just been celebrating the birth of Christ at Christmastime over the past few years, they have also been mourning numerous deaths of loved ones falling victim of the militant Muslim group, Boko Haram.

In a plea to stop America's blind eye to the genocide that has escalated each of the past three Christmases, the Christian Association of Nigerian Americans (CANAN) is urging the White House to take a stand against militant Islam in Nigeria.

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

A tradition of disaster

The most recent violence saw the Boka Haram jihadist group murder at least a dozen Christians in two church raids while Christmas Eve services were taking place. According to police in northern Nigeria, five congregants and a deacon at First Baptist Church in the city of Maiduguri of Borno state were slaughtered. Another attack included six worshipers and the pastor of Church of Christ in Nations in the Yobe province town of Postikum, where they were all fatally shot.

Nigeria map shariahAnd CANAN reports that these were no ordinary assaults on Christians this Christmas.

"On Christmas day in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram was busy slashing the throats of Christians right inside their churches or at their homes," stated the Christian organization, which is overseen by a board of trustees including pastors, professors, ministry leaders and an attorney, including executive director, Laolu Akande. "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!"

Boko Haram inflicted even more carnage the previous Christmas, when one of its jihadists crashed an explosive-filled car through the gates of St. Theresa's Church in Madalla -- about 25 miles outside of the Nigerian capital of Abuja in the center of the African nation -- killing 44. That year, 30 were slain in a series of Boko Haram attacks on Christmas in the northern region of the nation which saw church bombings in a campaign to impose sharia law.

The yearly slaughters began in 2010 on Christmas Eve, when the jihadists took more than 40 lives in Nigeria. But these attacks represent only a smaller picture of the wide-scale slayings going on year-round in the predominantly Muslim northern region of Nigeria

"But the problem is worse than that," CANAN asserts. "This year alone, Boko Haram has killed almost 800 Nigerians, most of whom are Christians."

And the massacres not only span years, but nations and thousands of casualties.

"In the last three years, over 3,000 have been sent to tragic deaths," maintains the New York-based Christian group. "Victims also include people from several other countries."

A plea for help

Fully aware that the Nigerian government, led by President Goodluck Jonathan, is too weak to stop the Boko Haram killings, CANAN is challenging the Obama administration to change its noncommittal policy regarding to abominations taking place in the African nation.

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

After spending $23 million of taxpayer money to support pro-abortion legislation in Kenya in his first term as president, Obama is receiving pressure from CANAN to take action in his second term to save lives -- rather than end them -- by taking the first step and designating Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).

"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 anFTO," the group pleads. "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."

Related: No U.S. terrorist designation yet for Boko Haram

To further incite action, it is pointed out that Boko Haram is a proven danger to the United States, not to mention that it is allegedly being linked to the very terrorist group President Obama claimed to have on the run while he was campaigning for reelection last year.

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

Even Pope Benedict XVI couldn't help but address the carnage during his annual Christmas address from Vatican City, calling Boko Haram's attacks on December 25 a religious attack targeting believers.

"Savage acts of terrorism continue to reap victims, particularly among Christians," he announced.

And the failure to boldly deal with jihadist organizations reaping terror in Nigeria has allowed another such group affiliated with Boko Haram, known as Ansaru, to gain more power of late. Ansaru assumed responsibility for a November siege of key police barracks in the nation's capital, where it claimed to have released hundreds of prisoners.

CANAN warned before the Christmas attacks that continuing to ignore the Islamic threat -- especially that posed by Boko Haram -- would result in more killings, and it is pleading now for international intervention to ensure that there will not be a fourth Christmas massacre in 2013.

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