Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor: It is only a Matter of Time that Boko Haram turns its Attention to the United States | Full Statement to U.S. Congress Included

Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor
Below, is the Statement to the United States House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights by Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor.

“Statement of Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor,
President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
Oversight Hearing
Before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights
On “U.S. Policy Toward Nigeria: West Africa’s Troubled Titan
July 10, 2012

Chairman Smith and Members of the Subcommittee, I want to thank you for the opportunity
today to address this committee and for your interest in the situation in the Federal Republic of
Nigeria, and especially the increase in terrorist attacks targeting Christians and Christian
Institutions. Just this last weekend, 58 people were killed in Christian villages in Jos, including a
federal senator and a state lawmaker. Boko Haram already claimed responsibility for these
coordinated attacks against the Christian community in Jos, and they also reaffirmed their earlier
position saying that “for Christians in Nigeria to know peace they must accept Islam as the only
true religion.” Boko Haram is not only a northern problem, but a Nigerian problem with global
implications. Nigeria is not a country divided by North and South, but a country divided
between those who support freedom and equality in the eyes of the law, and those who promote
persecution and violence as a means to an end.
To an outside observer it may appear as though Boko Haram is not a monolithic group; that it is
fragmented and disorganized, but I am here today to give you the Nigerian perspective. Since its
creation, the Boko Haram network has never hidden its agenda or intentions. Boko Haram has
openly stated that they reject the Nigerian State and its Constitution and seek to impose Shari’ah
Law. To this end, Boko Haram has waged a systematic campaign of terror and violence. They seek an end to western influence and a removal of the Christian presence in Nigeria.
This is outright terrorism, not legitimate political activity or the airing of grievances. By
refusing to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization, the United States is sending
a very clear message, not just to the Federal Government of Nigeria, but to the world – that the
murder of innocent Christians, and Muslims who reject Islamism, and I make a clear distinction
here between Islam and Islamism, are acceptable losses. It is hypocritical for the United States
and the international community to say that they believe in freedom and equality, when their
actions do not support those who are being persecuted.
A non-designation for the group only serves to hamper the cause of justice, and has emboldened
Boko Haram to continue to strike out at those who are denied equal protection under the law.
The frequency, lethality and sophistication of Boko Haram’s attacks raise disturbing questions
regarding training and logistical support they have received from other like minded international
terrorist networks. In January 2012 the United Nations Security Council published a report
stating that Boko Haram members from Nigeria received training in AQIM camps located in
Mali and Chad during the summer of 2011. That same summer Boko Haram carried out a bold
terrorist attack against the United Nations building in Abuja. Boko Haram did not hesitate in
claiming responsibility for the attack, nor has it ever hesitated in claiming responsibility for its
ongoing attacks against police, military, local businesses, and increasingly churches and
Christian institutions.
In Nigeria, my people are dying every single day, and it is only a matter of time before the
international terrorist links and anti-democratic Islamist agenda of Boko Haram turns its
attention to the United States. In fact, this may already be a reality, in April of 2012 the NYPD learned that a U.S. resident living on the East Coast had sent surveillance, including maps and
photographs of lower Manhattan and the Holland and Lincoln tunnels to an alleged member of
Boko Haram based in Nigeria.
State Department designated Boko Haram’s current leader; Abubaker Shekau and 2 others as
“specially designated terrorists”, but fell short of designating the organization. This would be the
equivalent of designating Bin Laden as a terrorist, but failing to designate Al Qaeda as a terrorist
organization.
Although I am aware that the designation of Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization is
not the final solution to all of Nigeria’s problems, yet it is an important first step towards
restoring the confidence of those who support freedom and equality in the eyes of the law.
We too, want to have freedom, freedom of religion, freedom to worship as we choose without
fear, we want to have justice, based in equality and not driven by discriminatory religious
practices. Let me remind us that this is not about economics but about an ideology that has a
history of sponsoring genocide across the globe. As Boko Haram increasingly turns towards
genocide through the systematic targeting of Christians and Christian institutions in pursuit of
its goals, history will not forget the actions or the inactions of your great nation. I thank you for
this opportunity and I look forward to continuing our strong
partnership with America.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.”

What are you thinking?

13 Responses to “Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor: It is only a Matter of Time that Boko Haram turns its Attention to the United States | Full Statement to U.S. Congress Included”

  1. Franky says:

    Terrorism is defined as the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).
    Looking at this definition, any right thinking Nigerian should know that Boko Haram meets and exceeds criteria of a terrorist group. While I can’t seem to understand what the pastor is expecting from the US, to me it is just informational as Boko Haram is nothing more than a Nigeria problem. Having said that, it important to take a step back to understand how our nation gets here.

  2. Frank says:

    Terrorism is defined as the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).
    Looking at this definition, any right thinking Nigerian should know that Boko Haram meets and exceeds criteria of a terrorist group. While I can’t seem to understand what the pastor is expecting from the US, to me it is just informational as Boko Haram is nothing more than a Nigeria problem. Having said that, it important to take a step back to understand how our nation gets here.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The Lord our God jugde between Boko Haram & Nigeria

  4. on says:

    for all of you who are religiously biased against the christian now, very soon we would understand better, just watch and see but pls don’t be suprised in the end

  5. Anonymous says:

    Suprising, when christians attacked muslims and eat their flesh at mosque during Ed el fitr in the same plateu state, this very man so called leader did not call for America to help he rather kept mute. what a bias and sentiment leader !

  6. Uhm never seen a strong false statement as this.
    karyar banza.

  7. Nigerian security should wake up. But nigerian security is deficient in orientation, intel, troops placement and strike capabilities. I dont believe that because people are hungry they should kill innocent unharmed people. Terrorism is now real and most p says:

    Nigerian security lack modern orientation, intel, troops placement and strike capabilities. Many people in southern nigeria dont travel up north for fear of untimely death in the hands of terrorists. The world should come to our aid or if they leave us to sort ourselves out and the nigerian government does not come up with a political and military solution, africa would see the biggest religious and civil war ever fought in any country in africa. Lets make the boko haram see reason for freedom because they cannot defeat me.

  8. sarah says:

    so if boko haram are hungry,the should feed on christians,that is what Obama is encouraging?am disappointed that a learned president will speak like an illitrate.am not surprise because i was not expecting anything good from him.christians + CAN , lets stop visiting other nations to solve our problems,where is our GOD?where have we kept him?lets go back and pick him up and challenge himm and we will see what he will do for us.isrealites suffer bcos the turn away from God,the suffered and in the midst of their suffering, the remember hw great God is,and the turn away from their sins and repent genuinly and God had mercy on them.our God will never ask us to fight for him bcos he is a warrior,that is why he said “vengence is mine says the lord”he will fight this war for us,lets go back to our knees.remember how Abacha died?people prayed and fasted and God did it for us.Barack Obama is an anti-christ,dont go to someone who dinn wit the devil for solution to Gods problem.go back and reconcile with GOD.LOOK AT HW ISREAL were attack by all arab countries and still were not defeated bcos the are GOD chosen.pls lets go back to OUR CREATOR.

  9. Okunu says:

    If the country is corrupt, christains should not be at the receiving end.

  10. tina says:

    Sir we just need prayer.

  11. kole says:

    I think U S has noting to do here, nigeria is an independent nation, so our problems is ours and we most solve our problem by our self. The FG, state, are not helping matters if not by now we could have solve this problem for long, just see what president Obama said last night, frustrations were the major reason behind the activities of boko haram sect. Sir (pastor) talk much to our leaders to stop corruption, do what is right, cos remember, a hungry man is an angry man, and can be very aggressive, I call on but the two parties to embrace dialogue, our problem is ours, not for US, we are independent nation,

  12. aysher says:

    God 4bid dt a lunatic is headin the highest xtian body in nig let U.S cum in nd we wil see if dere anytin left in nig 4 him to lead. We-re

  13. dghyyuuj says:

    is this man ok?

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