The two attacks which were carried out by suspected members of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda awati Wal-Jihad sect also known as Boko Haram claimed many lives, left many injured and destroyed several properties.
Condemning the bombings, APRA’s Secretary General, Mr. Yomi Badejo-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 Boko Haram 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”, Badejo-Okusanya stated.
“There is no amount of intimidation and killing that can suppress truth & freedom of expression. While we at APRA commiserate with the management of Thisday, The Sun and The Moment newspapers, we implore Nigerian government to urgently find a lasting solution to the growing insurrection. It brings down the nation at the global front and it retards the economy by destroying government efforts at attracting direct foreign investment”, advised, Badejo-Okusanya, Secretary General of APRA and Managing Director, CMC Connect Limited.