Governor Theodore Orji
By Emmanuel Ugwu
Abia State Governor Chief Theodore Orji has vehemently condemned the suicide bomb attack on THISDAY offices in Abuja and Kaduna, describing it as shocking and barbaric.
The governor, who expressed his feelings on the dastardly act in a press statement issued by his chief press secretary, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue, said the twin and simultaneous bomb attack on the offices of THISDAY was an attack on the entire Nigerian media and what they stand for.
He commiserated with the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of THISDAY, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, the management and staff of THISDAY, urging them to be courageous in confronting the new security challenge as they carry out their constitutional and social responsibility to the Nigerian people.
Orji noted that the Nigerian media had played vital roles in national development, especially in ushering and sustaining democracy, “which is already taking firm roots in the country.”
He therefore pointed out that the Nigerian media and its practitioners deserve commendation instead of humiliation and death given their patriotic and indispensible role in nation building.
Describing the attacks on the media as shocking and unfortunate, the Abia chief executive urged Nigerian journalists not to be deterred but should march on with the support of all Nigerians, who are also praying for them.
Chief Orji tasked security agencies to fish out those behind this dastardly act which is creating tension and fear in the land.