IP1 Executive Director, Alison Bethel McKenzi
The International Press Institute and the African Public Relations Association have expressed shock at the bombing of THISDAY offices by terrorists on Thursday.
The IPI in a statement Friday signed by its Executive Director, Alison Bethel McKenzie said “On behalf of the IPI team, I would like to express our horror and sorrow at the heinous attacks on Nigerian media yesterday. We have called on the Nigerian police and security forces to carry out a thorough investigation into the attacks and ensure that whoever is behind them is prosecuted. We will continue doing so until the perpetrators are found and brought to justice.
“We are very alarmed by the recent killings of journalists in your country and we will continue to be watchful especially after the threats to the media issued by BokoHaram last year.”
Condemning the bombings, APRA’s Secretary General, Mr. YomiBadejo-Okusanya stated that while the Public Relations’ continental body is promoting socio economic and cultural values of Africa and its people to the global community, some disgruntled elements in Africa’s largest nation are plotting evil and carrying out condemnable acts to erode the positive image and brand repositioning that APRA is trying to engender.
“The attacks on Media houses are a dangerous dimension to the BokoHaram insurgency. It is totally uncalled for. The media is a bastion of hope for the common man; and indeed the voice of the society at large.
“By attacking and killing innocent souls, especially in the media, the perpetrators have not only violated Godly and legal laws; they have gone against the globally accepted norms and conventions that guide the media even on the occasion of extreme war.”