The Islamist sect, Boko Haram, has been described as the deadliest terrorist group in the world followed by the Afghanistan Taliban militant group.
Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, a United States of America security expert, made the statement yesterday while delivering a lecture at the second International Conference on Democracy and Good Governance, with the theme, ‘Nigeria’s Democracy: Issues and Challenges’, held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Benjamin, a former head of Counter Terrorism Bureau of the State Department, said Boko Haram became the deadliest, overtaking the Taliban group in Afghanistan, by recording at least seven casualties in each attack.
Delivering his lecture entitled: ‘The Nigeria Security Challenges and its Implication for Internal, Africa, and Trans-Atlantic Relations’, Ambassador Benjamin said notwithstanding the activities of Boko Haram, Nigeria could not be ranked among war-torn countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“By 2012, Boko Haram was the second most deadly terrorist group in the world after Afghanistan’s Taliban, as Taliban killed more people than Boko Haram then.
“Presently, Boko Haram is the deadliest terrorist group, killing at least seven persons per attack. Boko Haram has already become a major menace to countries like Cameroun, Niger, as well as Chad. They are well funded and well armed.”
In his lecture entitled: ‘Africa, Nigeria, the Issues of the Future’, former French minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Mr. Bernard Kouchner, pointed out that Africa had become more sensible to the world as it concerned humanitarian interest.
Also speaking at the event, the state Governor Chibuike Amaechi, called on Nigerians to vote out the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.