A US congressional report on Wednesday, November 30th called Nigeria’s ruthless, Islamist, terrorist group, Boko Haram, an “emerging threat” to the United States and its interests. The statement is not clear as to what the Unites States interests are other than wanting to prevent any Boko Haram attack on US turf.
Nigeria has the fourth largest oil reserve in the world and eight percent of US petroleum for Nigeria. Could petroleum interests again motivate it be the US to become involved with the governments battle with Boko Haram. There have been rumors for months that the US was about to become involved with boots on the ground.
The possibility that Boko Haram will launch out of Nigeria’s borders should not be taken lightly. Right now, and for the past couple of months, these terrorists have been more active than any terrorist group on the planet. Fresh attacks occurred yesterday. “Boko Haram has quickly evolved and poses an emerging threat to US interests and the US homeland,” said the 28-page report written by the panel.
The report went on to call for the “The United States to work with the government of Nigeria to build counterterrorism and intelligence capability to effectively counter Boko Haram.”
Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for multiple gun, bomb and suicide attacks, targeting police, churches, and UN facilities killing hundreds.
The US government is going to be paying a lot more attention to Boko Haram, that is clear. Will the attention only embolden them? It will not take long to find out.