Minister of Defence, Bello Haliru Mohammed
By Senator Iroegbu
The Minister of Defence, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, has commiserated with the families of the victims of Thursday bombings of the Thisday newspapers office in Abuja and other media houses in Kaduna.
Mohammed in a statement signed by the Director Information, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Defence; condemned the masterminds of the blasts and described the attack as wicked, cruel and cowardly acts.
He said that the blast were obvious signs of desperation by the terror gangs whose operations are being persistently dislodged by the professional conduct of the Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies.
He said: “The war on terror is yielding results just as the terror gangs are losing ground. They are under the heat from our Armed Forces and security agencies. What we are seeing now are acts of desperation by the terror gangs. We won’t relent.”
In the same vein, ActionAid Nigeria has expressed its solidarity with the Nigeria media, especially This Day, The Sun and The Moment newspapers, journalists and other employees of the affected media houses in the April 26 bomb blasts.
According to the Country Director of the anti-poverty agency, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, the acts is a condemnable assault against free speech in the country
Abdu in a statement yesterday expressed shock at the attack on the media, which he described as “the only outlet for alternate view among the main realms of public governance”.
He said: “The media has been the most reliable agent of the civil society that has kept faith with the people and its obligation to the civil society. We hereby call on the media and journalists all over the country not to be deterred in their continued role in helping this beleaguered nation chart its way out of the crises it has been pushed into by years of inefficient leadership.”