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‘This Is What Terror Is’: Administration Slammed for Brushing Off Religious Root of Boko Haram Threat

Chilling testimony: "They asked me, 'Are you ready to die as a Christian?' and I told them, 'I am ready,' but before I closed my mouth, they have fired."

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Bridget Johnson

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November 15, 2013 - 6:31 am
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WASHINGTON — On the same day the administration finally designated Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, a survivor of the Islamist group’s inhumanity poured out to Congress his story of being shot point-blank in the face for his Christian faith.

The joint subcommittee hearing of the House Foreign Affairs panels on Africa and Terrorism was sparsely attended by lawmakers, with chairmen Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Ted Poe (R-Texas), respectively, and ranking members Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) showing up to hear the horrifying tales from this hotbed of extremism — and learn about the threat the al-Qaeda-linked group poses to the U.S.

Habila Adamu comes from Yobe state in northern Nigeria, where gunmen came to his home on Nov. 28, 2012. They ordered him to step outside as his wife begged the gunmen not to harm him.

“They said she should go back, because they were here to do the work of Allah,” Adamu said. “When I heard that, I knew that they were here to kill me.”

After Adamu confirmed to the men armed with AK-47s that he was a businessman and not police or military, they asked if he was a Christian. “I said I am a Christian. They asked me why are we preaching the message of Mohammed to you and you refuse to accept Islam. I told them I am a Christian, we are also preaching the gospel of true God to you and other people that are not yet to know God,” Adamu testified. “They asked me if I mean we Christian know God. And I told them we know God and that is why I preach the good news to other people that do not know God.”

“Then they asked me, ‘Habila, are you ready to die as a Christian?’ I told them, ‘I am ready to die as a Christian.’ For the second time, they asked me, ‘Are you ready to die as a Christian?’ and I told them, ‘I am ready,’ but before I closed my mouth, they have fired me through my nose and the bullet came out through the back.”

Adamu said he fell to the ground as the gunmen stomped on his body, crying “Allahu Akbar” as his wife sobbed. When his wife realized he was alive and went to find help, she found the neighbors had been murdered. Adamu lay there for eight hours before he was able to get to a hospital. He held up photos of his bloody, swollen face after the attack for committee members to see.

“I am alive because God want you to have a message,” he continued. “I have a message, just as I told my wife as I was left for dead, I have a message to everyone that will hear my story. Do everything that you can to end this ruthless religious persecution in Northern Nigeria.”

And there were more horrific tales to come, as the subcommittees heard that Boko Haram has been beheading Christians with chainsaws.

Emmanuel Ogebe, a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, told the panel that 47 churches were attacked in the country in 2012 and 53 attacked this year so far, with 216 deaths. Boko Haram has also increasingly been killing more people at mosques.

He faulted the U.S. government for claiming that the terrorists are economically motivated rather than religious in nature — something even publicly corrected by Boko Haram, which fancies itself the Taliban of the region — and “being more critical of the military counteroffensive than of the terrorists’ atrocities.”

Ogebe told the story of Deborah, who in April 2012 had to watch her husband shot to death by Boko Haram terrorists as he prepared for a children’s Bible study. The gunmen then snatched her 7- and 9-year-old girls, who have been missing ever since.

“This is horrific for any parent,” Ogebe said. But Boko Haram then “came back three months later, said ‘Have you converted to Islam?’ She said no. They shot her remaining son. This is what terror is.”

The State Department’s designation of Boko Haram and its offshoot, Ansaru, was so sudden the morning of the hearing that Ogebe’s submitted testimony still included a plea for the U.S. to finally add the Islamist groups to the list.

“We are concerned that it took them too long,” Ogebe said, who said in his prepared remarks that “part of the State Department’s response has been to deny the religious motivation of a rabid jihadist group that has repeatedly declared its goal of overthrowing the state and establishing a radical Muslim theocracy; to downplay the repeated threats to America going back several years by claiming this is all ‘local’; presenting arguments rationalizing terrorism by psycho-analyzing the emotional disconnect between the central government and northern Muslims who fuel the terrorism.”

He noted that September was the bloodiest month since 2009, including a rush-hour ambush where Boko Haram stopped drivers and double-checked licenses if they gave a Muslim name.

“They killed 152 Christians that day,” Ogebe said. “They used chainsaws to behead people.”

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Baloney. I live in the flyover and I never heard any such thing.

Amazing how in less than 25 words you manage to insult 1) Christians 2) Women and 3) Red States.
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Christians are fair game to the Obama administration. It's not politically correct to fault Islam (especially considering all the cash that the Islamists funnel to the DNC and politicians).
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Same old same old. State hates Christians & loves muslims. They couldn't find their posterior end with a flashlight & a search team. Blithering idiots all around.
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I'd really like to know where this story is reported anywhere else in the internet; when I searched for keywords on this subject a few days ago the only story that came up was this one at pjmedia and other sites which used the same text.
I was searching using keywords such as House Foreign Affairs panel Africa Terrorism boko haram
48 weeks ago
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First they came for... And still we did nothing...
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Imagine the furor if this were a Christian cult. It would be all over the airwaves with the atheist talking heads decrying the "humanity of it." But no, since it is simply Islam, we are kept in the dark while the media and the administration either apologize or ignore the atrocities. What's CAIR's position on this? Silence. It is silence because they silently applaud the killing of infidels as do "moderate" Muslims in the US. Their "holy" book demands that they do. They and their "religion" of Satan are disgusting, but it is even more disgusting that the president and his administration say nothing and do nothing.
48 weeks ago
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This is the result of putting a man in the Oval office who, loves the vile cult of islam far more than he loves his own country.
48 weeks ago
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Want kind of "religion" uses terror and lies to spread its "message." Only one I can think of. So what kind of people does this religion appeal to? Liars and sociopaths. Sorry, "moderate" Muslims. Call off your dogs of war if you don't want your religion treated like the horror that it is.
48 weeks ago
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By whatever deal with the devil we made way back when we allowed arabs to steal our oil technology in their countries we (and Europe) have been choosing muslims over Christians for close to 100 years. Heck, Clinton even bombed the Christians when they were at the point of purging the muslims from their lands. Nice!

For a supposedly Christian country the US has been supplying weapons to muslims to kill Christians all over the world. To my mind Obama is our long deserved just desserts.
48 weeks ago
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I thank God every day for having been born in this country. I hope I am never forced into declaring allah the one true god - I believe that is a falsehood. I'm not sure what I'd say - I hope its the right thing. It takes courage to stand up in the face of religious fascism. Especially when it has a chain saw.

Lets hope it doesn't come to that here in America.


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Whatever it is Paleo, make sure it is after you run out of ammo.
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Thats the plan - and I have a couple thousand rounds on hand to 'help' those martyrs get to where they're going.

Hmm - got me to thinking - I should rub bacon on those couple thousand rounds...

Doesn't that prevent them from being accepted in purgatory - or wherever their headed?




48 weeks ago
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If you load your own, lubricate with pig fat and you're good to go. It will deny them entry to paradise.
48 weeks ago
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@ Paleo Conservative, it wasn't in northern Nigera til it began, now it spreads like poison ivy.
48 weeks ago
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It's to bad America has a CFR controlled administration supporting a Caliphate. Otherwise, those poor unarmed Christians in Nigeria would be armed, and the moon god worshipers would be dead for spreading Islam with the sword.

That word again. Extreme. Used with Islam in the same sentence. The State Department must be referring to Apostates.
48 weeks ago
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Your comment gave me a thought. Why aren't the worlds Christians, atheists, and any and all non Muslims trying to get weapons to Nigeria's Christians? Somebody needs to do more than talk about this tragedy.
48 weeks ago
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Nigeria - 2012 - more Christians killed by Muslims there for their faith than all other countries combined. Thank you for this article and for getting the word out that we have got to stop pretending/stating that Islam is a peaceful religion.
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Pass the ammunition? No, no, no.
Ladies in the flyover will tell you this a God-sent chance to turn the other cheek.
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???
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You mean those women in flyover country that will shove a shotgun in your face if you look like trouble? They'll give you the chance to turn your cheeks - your ass-cheeks - and flee.


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Baloney. I live in the flyover and I never heard any such thing.

Amazing how in less than 25 words you manage to insult 1) Christians 2) Women and 3) Red States.
48 weeks ago
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1) Christians 2) Women and 3) Red States.
....compresses easily into one word, which includes some of the above, some of the time:

Hypocrites

Plainly, you struggle with reading comprehension. Go bake some cookies, dear, and leave it to others to get their hands dirty on your behalf.
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Breathtaking ignorance. As a Christian woman in flyover country, let me clarify something for you.

I enjoy baking cookies...usually after getting home from target practice, where I am normally one of the best shooters on the range.

I am guessing you are some coast-dwelling, ignorant fool who has never spent any time in flyover country and has no clue about anything beyond what you can parrot from listening to liberal media like MSNBC, whose stock and trade is in misinformation.

That's ok. It's your type that makes the crazies think America is weak. They will quickly find that if they try to stir up trouble in flyover country, that pretty blonde wife in the PTA who bakes cookies and drives a luxury SUV will have no problem pulling her gun from her Coach bag and drilling them Mozambique style...without even chipping a nail.
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I wanted to Like this 100 times.

"that pretty blonde wife in the PTA who bakes cookies and drives a luxury SUV will have no problem pulling her gun from her Coach bag and drilling them Mozambique style...without even chipping a nail."

Keep it up Kefster and pass me a cookie
48 weeks ago
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Baking cookies is hardly an insult, dear. And I understood you loud and clear. You're a bigot.
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