NPAN President, Nduka Obaigbena
By Paul Obi and Kasim Sumaina
The Newspapers Prop-rietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) Saturday in Abuja said there was no basis for any sect to attack the media. This is given the fact that the media represent the common good of the society.
Speaking during the visit by NPAN to the office of THISDAY Newspapers in Abuja, the vice chairman of the association, Kabir Yusuf observed that it was out of place to target the media with an act of terrorism.
"You know what happened here,” he said. “Many of us came individually but this is the first time the whole association is coming together to visit THISDAY. This is a public organ that does its work of informing the public about what is going on. For it to be attacked over its work and over the field work that I do, I am shocked.
"Obviously, we do think that it is wrong and we condemn any attack on the media. The media is a town hall; it’s a forum for all of us.
“The media is not for the media, it’s for the country, it’s for all of us to express ourselves, and it’s for the people to say what is happening, to say their views. So, there is no reason whatsoever to attack the media organisation from doing its work."
Also speaking, the THISDAY Chairman/Editor-in-Chief and NPAN president, Nduka Obaigbena commended Nigerians and the international community for their solidarity and support and told his colleagues that "we will continue in our duty to inform the people of Nigeria without fear or favour or ill-will to anybody."
On the reported statement by the Boko Haram sect threatening more attacks on the media, the NPAN said a formal statements would be issued after its meetings and consultations.
Among the members of the association who visited THISDAY are The Vanguard publisher, Sam Amuka, former NPAN president, Mallam Ismaila Isa-Funtua, The Source publisher, Mrs. Comfort Obi, The Leadership publisher, Sam Ndah-Isaiah, president Nigerian Guild of Editors, Gbenga Adefaye, The Sun Newspapers executive director, Eric Osagie and The Guardian bureau chief, Martins Oloja.