The United States on Tuesday expressed concern about attacks on churches, media and government installations across northern Nigeria which it said increasingly targeted innocent Nigerians.
United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, made this known in a statement, describing as a“disgraceful assault”, the attack on a church service at the Bayero University Kano (BUK) where more than 20 people, including two professors were killed and several others injured.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who were killed and injured.” The US said, while strongly condemning attacks on innocent civilians in Nigeria,
The former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John Campbell, while speaking the ThisDay in New York, agreed that the Boko Haram challenges had assumed a dangerous trend with the attacks on media offices and places of religious worship.
“One is an attack on the freedom of the press; the other is an attack on the freedom of religion. Both must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.” Mr. Campbell said while reacting to the attacks on ThisDay offices and Bayero University.
Campbell, who had consistently maintained his opposition to calls to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organisation, said the increasing wave of attacks by the sect hadn’t changed his position.
Noting the dangerous twist in the upsurge of Boko Haram attacks, the former US envoy said;
“Why ThisDayY was attacked, I don’t know. ThisDay, of course, is a major Nigerian newspaper with circulation all over the country.”
He said Boko Haram appeared to him as a highly defused organisation, and “does not appear to be a tightly organised entity.”