Former US Congressman Frank Wolf (Republican, Virginia) has warned that if Nigeria breaks, the resulting humanitarian crisis would dwarf the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria.
After a recent trip to Nigeria where he met with government officials and victims of the Boko Haram terror, Wolf said Nigeria had the largest increase of terrorist (caused) deaths than any other country of the world.
“There’s 180 million people in Nigeria. There’s 3 million in Syria. If Nigeria unravels, imagine the impact on Europe and the world. It would be unbelievable,” Wolf, who is now a senior fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, said during in his first public address following the group’s June 9 release of the official report of their trip at an event sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Lecture Series.
The institute is asking the Obama administration to appoint a special envoy for Nigeria and neighboring countries under assault from the terror group.
“According to the 2015 Global Terror Index, more than 51 percent of all global deaths attributed to terrorists were committed by Boko Haram,” Wolf said.
“Boko Haram, as you may very well know, has signed an agreement, pledged its allegiance to ISIS,” Wolf said.
“Nigeria has had the largest increase of terrorist (caused) deaths than any other country of the world. Nine of the top 20 of the most fatal attacks in 2014 occurred in Nigeria.
“(Of) the deadliest terror organisations in the world, number one is Boko Haram. Number two is ISIS.
“Keep in mind they’ve pledged their allegiance to ISIS and there’s a connection there with ISIS.
“Number three is al-Shabaab, which is in Somalia, and number four is a group that I’d only heard a little bit about and that’s the Fulani militant herdsmen.
“In essence, they’re the fourth most dangerous terrorist group in the world.
“So Nigeria, a country of 180 million has the first has pledged allegiance to the second and they have the fourth deadliest terrorist groups in the world,” Wolf pointed out.
In April 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 teenaged girls from The Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State and “married” them to the group’s jihadis.
Despite worldwide media coverage of the kidnapping, only two of the kidnapped girls have been found.