2,000 Dead: Black Caucus Chair Comments on #BokoHaram Massacre

2,000 Dead: Black Caucus Chair Comments on #BokoHaram Massacre


Nigerian Massacre. As the mainstream media focuses on the news of twelve journalists being murdered in Paris, the story of a massacre in Nigeria is almost completely ignored.  News reports out of Nigeria indicate that over 2,000 people have been murdered by Boko Haram, a self defined Islamist terrorist organization.

So far Secretary of State John Kerry, Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain — who seemingly comment on everything — and President Obama has been silent on the massacre in Nigeria.

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have received criticism for not attending a march in Paris yesterday over the massacre of 12 people.  But the fact remains that no one has commented on the massacre of 2,000 people in Nigeria, much less attend a demonstration.

The press release of new Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield is below: 

CBC Condemns Terrorism in France and Nigeria

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement strongly condemning acts of terrorism in France and Nigeria:

“For the second time in a week, the global community has been rocked to learn of another heinous act of terrorism.  The Congressional Black Caucus joins the millions of people around the world in both shock and mourning for the brutal murders that took place in France, and now the massacre of up to 2,000 innocent people by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

“Although the details of this tragedy are still unfolding, what we know with certainty is that Boko Haram will not end its crusade of destruction unless it is met with force.  The government of Nigeria must act to protect its citizens from this ultra-extreme and violent group.

“Terrorism must cease once and for all.  The CBC calls on the global community to unite to take real action against all acts of terrorism, including the barbaric group known as Boko Haram.”

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke


  1. Such a notable mention by Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, statement strongly condemning acts of terrorism in France and Nigeria….Nigerian Lives Matter too…President Obama’s former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Jonnie Carson, spells out the dangers facing Nigeria in the coming months and calls on the U.S.,Britain and the European Union to be more openly and actively engaged in working with Abuja to navigate the difficult period the Country is going through…Nigeria is awash with serious problems which are not likely to go away soon….Africa’s largest and most important Country is going through an extraordinary difficult and dangerous period that could over the next two months see an already high level of violence spike even further and spread to other parts of the Country….Nigeria is facing three major challenges:….[1] Cascading insecurity in the North-East; [2] Contentious National Elections in mid-Eebruary; and [3] Growing Economic Pressures due to the Preciptous drop in Global Oil Prices….Boko Haram, the Islamic Religious Sect that has terrorized Northern Nigeria for the past five years, has stepped up its operations’ in the North-East.” In 2014,”Boko Haram killed more than 11,000 people, carried out a high-profile kidnapping of 276 school girls, assassinated dozens of Government Officials and attacked Numerous Military Bases.”According to research on Africa Newspapers.

  2. The refusal of the United States to help Nigeria procure military weapons to combat Boko Haram, the federal government has now openly expressed its dissatisfaction with the American government decision,arguing that the Americans were letting Nigeria down at their hour of need…..Empowered Newswire Reports….Speaking Monday while receiving a delegation of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations,the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Professor Ade Adefuye said both the Nigerian People and the government feel Abandoned by America…According to Mr. Adefuye”I am sad to inform you that the Nigerian Leadership: Military and Political, and even the General Populace, are not satisfied with the Scope, Nature and Content of the United States’ support for us in our struggle against terrorists” Continuing the Nigerian envoy stated that”we find it difficult to understand how and why in spite of the U.S. presence in Nigeria with their Sophisticated Military Technology,Boko Haram should be expanding and becoming more deadly…Reviewing the situation further, Mr. Adefuye said that at first, Nigeria had problems with the manner in which Intelligence was being shared, adding that even though the U.S. Government claims that the problems has been addressed,”it is still there…Indeed the U.S. Government had equally explained that it would not be selling Military Weapons to Nigeria due to Human Rights Allegations against the Nigerian Military….But Mr. Adefuye in his meetings with the Council on Foreign Relations dismissed such allegations.

  3. Just in, ”Boko Haram” attacks North-East Nigerian City; dozens killed, ”we believe hundreds of thousands of civilians are now at grave risk.” The attacks come the day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in Lagos Nigeria; commercial capital 1,000 miles southwest of Maiduguri. ”John Kerry will meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari….Nigeria, whose population of about 170 million alone is divided almost equally between Muslim in the North and Christians in the South.

  4. Lagos Nigeria: Secretary John Kerry;”Well, good afternoon, everybody. I am really delighted to be here in Nigeria.” And I was just admiring the extraordinary view and this is a wonderful location.”I’m particularly pleased to be here at this particular moment, just a few weeks before one of the most important elections that this country has held.” And this will be the largest democratic election on the Continent ”So I came here today to deliver a very simple message, and I met with both Major Candidates in order to underscore that the international community is paying very close attention to this election and that the international community is deeply committed to working with Nigerians going forward with the hopes that they will have an election that is free of violence and capable of instilling confidence in the future.”That is precisely why President Obama has announced that next month in Washington we will host an international summit on Combatting Violent Extremism Around The World..”It will be held at The White House and at The State Department, it will be at The Ministerial, and we hope to bring people together who have been engaged in these fights against Boko Harams and other entities so we can share best practices, so that we could hear from people about what they need and what they think is necessary in order to be able to summon an even Stronger Global Response.”I want to reiterate what President Obama recently said that He, I, and The American People stand with you as Nigeria’s Great Democratic Exercise Unfolds.” And we stand ready to work with the Government of Nigeria, The Nigerian People, and whomever they elect next month continue to continue building on the important Partnership that we share.” The United States of America is Deeply Engaged with Nigeria.” Great Job Secretary of State John Kerry. Thank You!