Boko Haram is responsible for 1,000 Christian deaths in Nigeria over the past three years.
Nigeria’s Christians leaders want the United States to place Boko Haram on the list of known terrorist organizations.
The radical Islamic group has vowed to eradicate all Christians from Nigerian soil and will continue to murder men, women and children in the process unless something is done to stop them.
But Obama won’t classify the whole group a terrorist organization, only three of their leaders.
Christian Association of Nigeria President Ayo Oritsejafor said the decision was:
“The equivalent of designating (Osama) bin Laden a terrorist but failing to designate Al-Qaeda a terrorist organization.”
“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.”