‘Boko Haram, world’s deadliest terrorist group’

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Boko Haram Nigeria

PORT HARCOURT—FORMER Head, Counter
Terrorism Bureau of the United States, State
Department, Ambassador Daniel Benjamin,
yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, described
Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad,
commonly called Boko Haram as the deadliest
terrorist group in the world, noting that it killed at
least seven persons in each attack in the North
eastern part of the country.
Speaking at the 2nd International conference on
democracy and good governance in Port Harcourt,
Ambassador Benjamin said that the Taliban in
Afghanistan was next to the dreaded Boko Haram
in rating of terrorist groups at the moment.
Benjamin who spoke at the programme organised
by the Rivers State Government, said Boko Haram
had become a major problem in the country and
some other neighbouring countries, adding that the
situation was not as bad as it is in Pakistan,
Afghanistan and Iraq.
He said: “By 2012, Boko Haram was the second
most deadly terrorist group in the world after
Afghanistan’s Taliban as Taliban killed more
people than Boko Haram. Presently, Boko Haram is
the deadliest terrorist group, killing at least seven
persons per attack. Boko Haram has already
become a major menace to countries such as
Cameroun, Niger, as well as Chad. They are well
funded and well armed.”
Professor Pat Utomi, at the event, harped on the
values of democracy, saying that it confers
legitimacy on political leadership.
Governor Chibuike Amaechi on his part called on
Nigerians to vote out the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP, in coming elections, stressing that it
was the only way the country could overcome
some of its challenges.

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