At least two years ago African immigrants in the U.S. warned Americans about the dangerous terrorist threat posed by Boko Haram, the group accused of kidnapping roughly 300 young girls in the northern section of Nigeria. “The time to wake up is now,” said James Fadele in 2012, an evangelical pastor from Texas. “We need to speak out.”
For years Boko Haram has waged Jihad, or holy war, against the evangelical church and western educational culture in hopes of imposing nationwide Sharia law. “Christians have been targeted principally for extermination. The matter is becoming genocide,” said Mr. Fadele two years ago. According to reports in 2012, Boko Haram had already killed almost 700 people. Alleged methods of terror carried out by hundreds of militants, included church bombings, burned schools, beheadings, mass shootings, and now, kidnappings.
Emmanuel Ogebe, who in 2012 served as a representative from the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, stated at the time that foreign businessmen and tourists were getting caught in the chaos. “So far an Italian has been killed, a German has been killed, a Britain has been killed, a Chinese man has been killed and an Indian was shot,” said Ogebe in 2012. Boko Haram is also suspected in the 2011 bombing of a United Nations office building in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja. The blast, which reportedly killed 23 people, occurred just a block away from the U.S. Embassy.
Nigerian immigrants in the U.S. asked the State Department in 2012 to officially label Boko Haram a “foreign terrorist organization.” The agency has since complied, and therefore places Islamic fundamentalist group on the American military’s radar, raises diplomatic awareness worldwide and bars U.S. citizens from funding the Islamic militants.