News / Africa

US House Sub-Committee to Hold Hearing on Boko Haram Wednesday

FILE - U.S. Rep. Karen Bass
FILE - U.S. Rep. Karen Bass
Peter Clottey
The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations will hold a hearing Wednesday to update members about the Boko Haram insurgency as well as conditions in parts of northern Nigeria, according to Congresswoman Karen Bass.

“My expectations are really to get an update primarily from former Ambassador Sanders who was recently in Nigeria. The other witnesses will be giving us their perspective and especially their perspective on Boko Haram,’ she said.

“There will be no representation from the State Department or from any other part of the administration,” said Bass. “And so we will not be getting up-to-date information from the administration’s point of view, and I think that is unfortunate, but that’s who is on the witness list so far.”                                

Her comments follow recent reports of violence perpetrated by the Islamist insurgent group. The United States and other Western countries have volunteered security assistance to help Nigeria combat the Islamist militants following the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok over five weeks ago.

Bass says the United State has been involved in helping the West African country find solutions to the violence.

“The U.S. has been involved in helping Nigeria, but it’s a little bit of a sensitive subject in the sense that to the extent that Nigeria wants us to be involved, we are involved, but we can’t get involved any more than the country wants us to,” she said. 

Bass recently accompanied Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and representatives of U.S. business organizations on a trade mission to the country’s commercial capital, Lagos.

Bass expressed concern about Nigeria’s security.

“That is a sad situation because on the one hand we should be celebrating Nigeria’s success and Nigeria’s advancement to be the largest strongest economy on the continent, and at the same time we are dealing with the tragedy from groups like Boko Haram, and we are also dealing with very poor conditions in the north,” she said. 

Some analysts say the country’s insecurity could undermine foreign investments that could help create jobs for the country’s youth.

Bass says while the latest violence is very troubling she does not believe at this point in time that there are any major threats to the overall economy.

But, she said anytime you have horrific acts, like those being committed by Boko Haram, the country must pay attention to the warning signs and very aggressively respond.
 
Clottey interview with U.S.Representative Karen Bass
Clottey interview with U.S.Representative Karen Bassi
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Changing Under Pressure, IS ‘Potent’ as Ever

US intel officials describe Ramadi's fall as concerning, but say it isn't emblematic of larger effort to degrade IS capabilities More

Nigeria Fuel Shortage Shows Fragility of Africa’s Oil Giant

Although it is the largest oil producer in Africa, country has nearly ran out of fuel it needs to power its generators, cars and airplanes over the past week More

Arrested Football Officials Come Mainly From the Americas

US Justice Department alleges defendants participated in 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through corruption of international soccer More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Sunny Enwerem from: Lagos Nigeria
June 11, 2014 8:15 AM
The big change I see on ground is more and more so called Lagos indigent are becoming street hooligans and tout due to the growing developments of the states ,the lack of political will to rain in on the so called Area Boys which are encouraged by the political party ruling the states,now more and more uneducated Northern youths I have met and offered jobs in the labor sector accept the job with delight while who choose to do a self labor job like trolley pushers those taut called area boys will demand fees and also commercial buses or private bus helper,for every plan to develop a site will meet demand from the taut before workers are allowed to work freely,Lagos is developing at thesame time heading for a society free fall.

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
June 11, 2014 6:07 AM
In the Abuja 1989 declaration, one of the agenda is that Muslim men should love to Christian ladies or marry Christian ladies and have children by them, and those ladies and your kids will become Muslims. They will tell you we served the same God, etc, Just to get their intention accomplish. If we served the same God, why our Christian men cannot marry a Muslim lady? it is forbidding. they will killed the lady for marry a Christian man. If you have Muslim in your area, tell him you want to marry his daughter and see what he will say to you. It is time that the world eyes be open to this so call peaceful religion. Europe and Africa is gone already, they want the U.S.

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
June 10, 2014 11:23 PM
The sole purpose of Islam is to seduce the world until it comes under Islamic laws. the purpose of the suicide bombing is to terrorized the people and put fear in them until they come under Islam. And in the Abuja declaration, one of the thing they came up with is to replaced Western laws with Sharia laws. And Sharia laws is legal in Canada. Sharia laws supersedes Canada federal laws. Islam is against the West because of our way of life. kidnapping 200 innocent school girls, is that peaceful? Brutal killing, is that peaceful? Look at what happened in London last week, husband killed his wife for going to school? is that peaceful? We have seen so many died in the hands of the so call religion call Islam. Then some people have the audacity to say Islam is peaceful? When the planes hit the wall trade center, Muslim from all over the world was rejoicing, Boko Haram is an instrument for Islam. Why has not been any Muslim leaders from the Arab Countries or around rebuke Boko Haram? Because Boko Haram is working for the same goal to Islamise the world. There is nothing peaceful about Islam. VOA has nothing to do with my point of view. VOA only published what I write.

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
June 10, 2014 7:43 PM
THE ABUJA DECLARATION 1989
IT IS TIME TO FACE THE TRUTH.
It is time to speak the truth about your so call peaceful religion Islam. You cannot say nothing about this religion, if you do, they will say you offended them. it is one of their strategic that they used to get the media attention. meanwhile, Islam is the one that really offending people. it is time that we all face the truth., They are the one who are doing in discriminating killing, committing sexual violence, they are the one who are suicide bombers, etc etc, in Abuja 1989 declaration, one of their goal is to Islamic the whole world from 2000 to 2020, the world should be Islamic. So in that declaration, they called for for a mass migration throughout Africa, Europe and the US. and with in that declaration, they told Muslims every country you go, infuriate their Government, take on one of the highest seat. and use their law against them. They have taken over Europe and Africa, they want the U.S. They are coming to the U.S, using our laws against, forbidding Christians to pray because it will offend them, They had that meeting to take over the world. so Boko Haram is just carrying on the mandate. It is time that the world wake up to reality.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Cari
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X
George Putic
May 27, 2015 9:31 PM
Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
Video

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
Video

Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

A recent Los Angeles film festival highlighted the plight of people caught between two cultures. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the the Garifuna International Film Festival, a Los Angeles forum created by a woman from Central America who wants the world to know more about her culture.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video US-led Coalition Gives Some Weapons to Iraqi Troops

In a video released Tuesday from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Iraqi forces and U.S.-led coalition troops survey a cache of weapons supplied to help Iraq liberate Mosul from Islamic State group. According to a statement provided with the video, the ministry and the U.S.-led coaltion troops have started ''supplying the 16th army division with medium and light weapons in preparation to liberate Mosul and nearby areas from Da'esh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State group).''
Video

Video Amnesty International: 'Overwhelming Evidence' of War Crimes in Ukraine

Human rights group Amnesty International says there is overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes in Ukraine, despite a tentative cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. Researchers interviewed more than 30 prisoners from both sides of the conflict and all but one said they were tortured. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Washington Parade Honors Those Killed Serving in US Military

Every year, on the last Monday in the month of May, millions of Americans honor the memories of those killed while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century. While many people celebrate the federal holiday with a barbecue and a day off from work, for those who’ve served in the military, it’s a special day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Arash Arabasadi reports for VOA from Washington.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.

VOA Blogs