President Buhari had paid a visit to Washington, D.C., to discuss the fight against Boko Haram.
His visit provoked critics to again question why Hillary Clinton refused to label Boko Haram as terrorists during her State Department tenure.
Presidents Obama and Muhammadu Buhari deliberated U.S. support of Nigerian counterterrorism efforts.
The discussion was facilitated by Secretary of State John Kerry’s decision to place Boko Haram on the terrorist watch list in 2013.
The State Department under Clinton resisted congressional calls to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.
Robert Jackson, acting assistant secretary of state for African affairs, testified before Congress in May of last year that the agency could have acted sooner on Boko Haram.
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Clinton’s ties to Gilbert Chagoury, a prominent Nigerian businessman and Clinton Foundation supporter, have prompted at least one member of Congress to question the motives behind her decision not to slap Boko Haram with a Foreign Terrorist Organization classification.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., wrote a letter to Kerry in March asking the State Department to turn over emails in which Clinton discussed Boko Haram.
“Given the drastic foothold Boko Haram was allowed to gain prior to being designated an FTO, the nexus between the Department’s decision against designating Boko Haram as an FTO and connections to outside groups should be brought forward,” Vitter wrote.
Vitter questioned whether the Clinton’s relationship with Chagoury influenced her decision against labeling Boko Haram a terrorist group.
He noted Bill Clinton had participated in events with Chagoury while his wife was secretary of state.
So far, here is a list of companies that donated to Hillary’s foundation.
- First Bank of Nigeria
- Royal Dutch Shell
- Gilbert Chagoury, a prominent Nigerian businessman
- A newspaper
- Procter & Gamble’s Nigeria operation
- Nestle Nigeria