Originally published in National Post
‘Last week, London hosted a follow-up meeting to the Paris Summit on security in Nigeria. This took place in the context of ever-increasing attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram, such as the one on June 3, where hundreds of people (estimates go as high as 500) were killed in raids in northern Nigeria. These recent events have garnered significant media interest and led to the development of a concerted international effort to track down the missing girls. But how long will this co-operation last?
One can reasonably ask the question since the international community has been by and large underestimating Boko Haram. For instance, a troubling issue that has come to light recently is how the Clinton State Department did not classify Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, even under pressure from the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department and numerous members of Congress. It took the United States until November 2013 to designate the group as an FTO. Yet, as a new report from the Henry Jackson Society shows, the links between Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda are numerous and go back over a decade. In this context, it is ironic that the international community did not take the Boko Haram matter seriously, rather than pointing fingers at the Nigerian government for its supposed failings…’
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