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An Open Letter to the American People from the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN, on the Recent Boston Marathon Terror Attack

Contact: Laolu Akande, Executive Director, Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN), 516-819-4355, laolu@cananusa.org

NEW YORK, April 24, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- On behalf of all Nigerian-Americans, we would like to express our heartfelt condolence to our fellow Americans on the death of three and several more injured & traumatized people due to last week's terrorist attack on the world-renowned Boston Marathon.

The evil of terrorism in today's world are now well known and so too must be the demand of vigilance in the overall protection of the common good.

However it is truly inspiring how the evil attack has brought about a clear contrast between the terrorists and the good people of Boston: a people of resolve, rising in the best traditions of human love & unity of action repudiating the dastardly motive of terror, and recover a city's sense of normalcy.

The terrorists acted to spur fear, but the people have responded in clear spirit of boldness, power and a sound mind!

Our prayer is that the good LORD will comfort all the families involved and completely heal the city of Boston.

Incidentally, that terror attack on US soil is another reminder that the despicable forces of evil remain willful in their cantankerous and devilish quest to kill and attack innocent people.

This is exactly what innocent Christians in Nigeria have been facing on a regular basis, especially in the last three years at the hands of Boko Haram, a terror group possibly linked to Al Qaida. On a weekly basis these terrorists now bomb, maim, kill and traumatize innocent Nigerians at will, most of the victims being Christians.

Boko Haram however has enjoyed immunity in Nigeria, and the US State Department has refused to designate this band of terrorists as a Foreign Terrorists Organization, FTO.

We are again calling on the US State Department to treat Boko Haram as a group with all seriousness. It is not enough to label a few of its leaders as global terrorists without doing the same for the corporate body.