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    UN Committee Considers Sanctions Against Boko Haram

    FILE - Man claiming to be leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, in video screengrab, unknown location, Sept. 25, 2013.
    FILE - Man claiming to be leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, in video screengrab, unknown location, Sept. 25, 2013.
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    The United Nations could impose sanctions Thursday on the Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been blamed for thousands of deaths since launching an uprising in 2009.

    Nigeria has asked a Security Council committee to add Boko Haram to the list of al-Qaida-linked entities that are subject to asset freezes, travel bans and an arms embargo.

    Abdullahi Jalo, a spokesman for the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), told VOA the Nigerian government is confident it will receive U.N. support.  

    "We are sure the world will definitely support the stance of [the] Nigerian government to show to the world that the government of the PDP is all out to stem out deadly section of the society that has infiltrated into the society, killing people without any reason," said Jalo.

    If there is no objection among the 15-member committee Thursday, Boko Haram will join 62 other groups and 213 individuals on the sanctions list.

    On Thursday, teachers across Nigeria took part in protests against Boko Haram's April kidnapping of more than 200 school girls.

    Several countries have pledged to support Nigeria in its effort to find the girls.  On Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama deployed 80 U.S. military personnel to Nigeria's neighbor Chad to help in the search.

    The U.N. is also backing efforts to find the girls, including preparing a "support package" for the girls and their families.

    Boko Haram has said it wants to establish a strict Islamist state in northern Nigeria.

    In recent months, the group has stepped up the frequency and intensity of its attacks.  Nigerian officials believe the militants are responsible for twin bombings in the central city of Jos on Tuesday that killed at least 118 people.

    Earlier this week, lawmakers extended a year-old state of emergency in the northeast, where Boko Haram has been most active.

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    by: Anonymous
    May 22, 2014 1:02 PM
    nigeria government has failed nigerians we need our girls back or we wl take the law to our hands

    by: daniel oshokosho from: nigeria
    May 22, 2014 12:01 PM
    godwin my brother, the government that exists in nigeria is government of the rich by the rich and for the rich. the root of boko haram is corruption among govt officials. they are now calling for help when they are actually the cause of the problm by the seed of corruption they have sown. rubbish.

    by: daniel oshokosho from: nigeria
    May 22, 2014 11:55 AM
    nigeria really needs global intervention to stop this menace because the country does not have the kind of millitary that can confront this kind of threat. nigerian millitary can only confront unarmed civilians and extort money from motorists.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    May 22, 2014 10:49 AM
    A practically non-existent government is asking the UN to designate boko haram a terrorist organization. What an irony! Boko haram is a menace to humanity, thus whether or not Nigeria requested for it, the world understands it as an undesirable entity. Is it to baptize it that the Nigerian government should start thumping its chest to have carried out one great responsibility? No, it should not be credited to an irresponsible, practically non-existent government. Yes the army is nearly 80% boko haram, but if someone has not the courage to rule a country so constituted, why did he come forward to be elected into office - especially such as president of Nigeria? It involves sacrifices, and now should the man holding the office be called to sacrifice or make the necessary sacrifice to deliver the country. The UN should have operated unilaterally to do its duty of keeping the peace and securing lives of threatened citizens of the earth from such acrimonious and man-eating terrorists like boko haram without involving a government whose mention nauseates.

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