Stating this in his Keynote address during the event organized on the United States engagement with Nigeria, Mr. Carson added that the frustrated terrorist group is capitalising on popular frustrations with the nation’s leaders and poor government services.
He also said that Boko haram has created a large spread of insecurity in the country over the years, stressing that this is frightening off foreign investors from coming to do businesses in the country. “Boko haram has been responsible for daily attacks in some parts of the country” he noted.
The United States Diplomat on African Affairs berated Boko Haram’s attacks on churches and mosques, saying that these attacks are particularly disturbing because they are intended to cause religious tensions in the country.
Ambassador Johnnie Carson pressed further that the terrorist group has also cause tension among various ethnic groups.
His words “Boko haram is all over Nigeria but they have not offered any practical solution to the problems of the country. Just a growing minority see the group as a favourable one. Boko haram seems to humiliate and undermine the government and cause religious crisis and to as well make the country ungovernable”
Speaking on the solution to the activities of the Islamic Sect, Johnnie Carson noted that there is this requirement for a broad-based strategy to be able to have dominion over Boko Haram which has grown stronger over the past three years.
“Eradicating Boko Haram will be much more difficult as it was four years ago since they now have links with several other international terrorist groups. In order to practically curb the activities of the Islamic Sect, the government should also win the population of the country by addressing the socio-economic problems that Boko haram is using as excuses to effectively strike” He said.