Nigerian Christian leaders in America are demanding the U.S. government label the group Boko Haram a terrorist organization.
The militant Islamic group has attacked churches and killed hundreds of Christians in northern Nigeria.
Most recently, the group massacred about 45 Christian college students at a polytechnic school.
Rev. James Fadele, with the Christian Association of Nigerian Americans, spoke to a group of reporters this week about the situation.
He said the "extermination" of Christians is "fast assuming the proportion of genocide."
Fadele said labeling Boko Haram a terrorist organization would reduce the weapons and funding flowing in from other countries.
The United States has designated several Boko leaders as terrorists, but not the group itself.