President Goodluck Jonathan has described as “ignoble, misguided, horrendous and wicked, the bomb attacks on the offices of ThisDay newspaper in Abuja and Kaduna on Thursday where about six people were feared dead.
The President said in a statement, that government will “continue to uphold the constitutional right to freedom of express in general and press freedom in particular.
“Criminal elements bent on instilling fear in the minds of Nigerians and foreigners will not succeed.”
In Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, a suicide bomber, according to Nwakpa O. Nwakpa, a spokesman for the Nigerian Red Cross, rammed his car loaded with explosives on the gates of the ThisDay office and drove into the reception area before the explosion, killing at least three people and wounded others.
Also in Kaduna, a man was said to have threw a bomb at a building housing the offices of ThisDay, The Moment and The Daily Sun newspapers. At least three people were also killed.
Early reaction from Nigeria Union of Journalists said the attacks confirmed the fears that “the media is not safe.”