United States President, Mr. Barrack Obama has been warned over the proposal of the United States Justice Department to designate Boko Haram a foreign terror group.
In a letter addressed to Ms. Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, at the beginning of the week, 20 American scholars with a special interest in Nigeria and broad expertise on African politics warned the United States government not to categorise Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organisation.
The scholars, drawn from various universities across US, said that such designation would internationalise the Boko Haram menace and enhance its profile among Al-Qaeda and other global militant groups.
They wrote that “Boko Haram’s recent tactics, including the use of suicide bombers and improvised explosive devices, raise questions about their foreign links.”
“The network’s focus has been overwhelmingly domestic, despite an August 2011 attack on the United Nations office in Abuja.”