Don’t Designate Boko Haram A Terrorist Group, FG Tells Clinton
The Federal Government, according to reliable sources, has told the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton who was in Nigeria on Thursday not to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group and in return, Clinton has given a positive commitment, on the issue.
It was gathered that the Federal Government pleaded with the US Secretary of State and members of her delegation to shelve the designation plan.
One source said: “In making a case against the designation of Boko Haram as a terrorist group, the Federal Government took into consideration the fact that it will look like a sanction which will hurt innocent Nigerians.
“Some people think that the designation will only hurt Boko Haram members without knowing that all of us will bear the brunt.
“We realized that it might scare away investors from Nigeria and lead to visa restriction and subjection of Nigerians to maltreatment at airports all over the world, including frisking of their bodies and other harsh measures.
“And once the US does that, the EU countries will follow. The consequence of the designation is that this country will return to the club of pariah nations. This will surely in turn hurt our economy.
“So, the government pleaded with the US Secretary of State and other top officials against designation.
“We also succeeded in explaining in details what we have been doing to check insurgency in some parts of the country. As a matter of fact, the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was at the session to brief the US delegation.
“So, we are positive that they will shelve the plan and cooperate with us to strengthen our capacity to address our security challenges.
“One of the key areas they are looking at is about how to assist us in intelligence gathering and empower our security agencies (in terms of training and exposure) to address the Boko Haram insurgency.”