More condemnation trailed Thursday’s bomb attacks by extremist group, Boko Haram on newspaper offices in Abuja and Kaduna with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) urging the relevant agencies to work with the various media organizations to provide media houses with adequate security them work without fear of being attacked.
On its part the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) called on Boko Haram to end its campaign of violence and to open “a new chapter on deep thought of how best to reposition our dear country to utilize and enjoy her abundant human and material resources, reposition our democracy to true democracy and our federalism to true democracy.”
ACN called the attacks an arrow in the heart of free speech and a move to abridge the rights of Nigerians to news and information.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said nothing in the world can justify such attacks against the media.
”Unfettered flow of information is the lifeblood of any society and a necessary ingredient for a successful democracy, and the media in Nigeria have largely carried out their role in this regard with rare courage and uncommon determination.
”To now seek to scuttle this constitutionally-guaranteed role of the media on the basis of some nebulous justification is totally abhorrent and unacceptable. Any society that stifles the media asphyxiates itself,” it said.
It also urged the media to continue to adhere strictly to the highest professional standards and ensure that they remain above board in carrying out their duties in an increasingly-divided Nigerian society.
A statement by the CNPP National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu also described the attacks on the offices Thisday, Sun and Moment newspapers as “an attack on our much cherished freedom” noting that it is the only dividend so far from Nigeria’s democracy.
“CNPP wishes remind the master-minds of Boko Haram that they are holding the wrong stick of history; for history has no record where violence has redressed any grievance, especially in a democracy. We are at a loss how wanton killing of both Muslims and Christian in a secular society like Nigeria will achieve the irrational check-list of Boko Haram minders.
“We are of the candid view that Nigeria will remain a secular united state; as nobody has the powers to evacuate neither Muslims of the South to the North, nor Christians of the North to the South, in the same vein the abject poverty in the North is also prevalent in the South.” The CNPP said.
Meahwhile, the Chairman, Alliance for Better Society John Ameh urged the Federal Government to immediately address the security situation in the country. “It is sad that human lives have become so cheap in Nigeria that it could be destroyed without qualms by heartless agents of the devil.” Ameh said “Enough of this madness.”
“For long, the Federal Government has taken national security for granted. It is time for action. This obnoxious, wicked and reprehensible action must stop immediately. The inspector General of Police must ensure that these misguided hoodlums are arrested and brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others. Nigerians want dividends of democracy not carnage.” Said the President of National Alliance for Democracy, Onyekachi Ogbu.