Why the West cannot ignore Boko Haram


Originally published on Conservative Home.

‘Earlier this month, 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 3 June in which 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, by and large, underestimated Boko Haram.  For example, a troubling issue that has come to light recently is how America’s State Department did not classify Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) – even under pressure from the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department and numerous Members of Congress.’

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