Boko Haram US lawmakers declare sect a national security threat

The lawmakers also said that a sustained fight against
the sect is in the ‘national security interest of the
United States.’

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Members of the US House of Representatives have said
that Boko Haram is still a threat to the country.
The lawmakers also said that a sustained fight against
the sect is in the ‘national security interest of the
United States.’
The comments were made at a hearing held on Friday,
May 15, 2015, by the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
while passing the amendment to the National Defence
Authorization Act to combat Boko Haram.
According to Committee Chairman, Ed Royce:
“Boko Haram is notorious for their vicious kidnappings,
killings, and pillaging throughout northern Nigeria. But
the story is beginning to change – these terrorists are
starting to feel some heat.”
“The Nigerian military has higher morale, and the Africa
Union task force is cutting off Boko Haram’s supply
lines and reclaiming towns. The pieces are coming into
place to destroy this terrorist group; the forces fighting
Boko Haram just need crucial support to get the job
done.”
“Passing this amendment reaffirms US’ support for the
forces on the front lines combating Boko Haram.”
Committee member, Carolyn Maloney supported
Royce’s call saying that fighting Boko Haram must
remain a national security priority.
“I am proud to stand with Chairman Royce in support
of his amendment to clearly affirm that Boko Haram
presents a threat not just to one nation, but to the
world. Combatting Boko Haram is and should remain a
national security priority – and we must remain vigilant
in fighting this enemy,” Maloney said.
The amendment titled ‘Report on United States efforts
to combat Boko Haram and support regional allies and
other partners’ reads:
“Combating Boko Haram is in the national security
interest of the United States; the United States should
support regional partners, including the African Union-
authorised Multinational Joint Task Force, through
training and advice and the provision of key enablers to
strengthen operations against Boko Haram.”
Meanwhile, the US has also maintained the $7 million
(N1.4 billion) bounty it placed on Abubakar Shekau , the
leader of Boko Haram, who has been named among the
71 most wanted terrorists in the world.

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