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US Denounces Nigerian media bombing  print

Published on April 26, 2012 by   ·   5 Comments

The United States on Thursday condemned violence against offices of a Nigerian newspaper that killed eight people, saying that the attacks targeted “free speech itself.”

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that it was up to Nigeria to determine the culprits of the attacks but voiced solidarity with concerns about Boko Haram, an Islamist group that has purportedly threatened media.

Nuland said that the United States “strongly” condemns the suicide attack at the Abuja bureau of leading newspaper ThisDay, as well as an attempted car bombing at another of its offices.

“This is an attack not only on innocent people but on free speech itself in Nigeria and we call for a full investigation holding those responsible to account,” Nuland told reporters.

Nuland said that the United States was not in a position to determine the culprits or whether the attacks would affect deliberations on whether the United States should designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group.

“That said, we share the concerns about the threat that Boko Haram poses and this is among the reasons that we cooperate so strongly with Nigeria,” she said.

The United States contributes security, economic and political support in hope “that the vulnerable populations in the north of Nigeria can’t be attracted or coerced by Boko Haram,” she said.

Several US lawmakers have urged the State Department to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, a legal step that would make any contributions from the United States to the group a crime.

State Department officials have largely opposed the move, arguing that Boko Haram’s grievances are local and that a formal designation by Washington could worsen the situation.

At a recent congressional hearing, Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, instead urged greater efforts to address alleged abuses and marginalization in Nigeria’s Muslim-majority north.

A purported spokesman for the Islamist group had recently made threats against news media outlets, saying they were being used by authorities to publish stories against Boko Haram.

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5 Comments for “US Denounces Nigerian media bombing”

  1. Abdulazeez

    I will follow the people who say nay to Americans coming down to nigeria on just a local issue.

    • adeyemi tobias ndudi

      Abdulazeez

      “……….just a local issue.”
      I DISAGREE WITH YOU. THIS IS NOT A LOCAL ISSUE. TERRORISM IS A GLOBAL NUISANCE WHERE THE ACTORS ARE INTERLINKED ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE BH HAS BEEN LINKED WITH AL-QAEDA, AND THE QUESTION IS WAS AL-QAEDA FORMED IN NIGERIA? ………NO. THEN WHY DO YOU SAY THIS BH INSURGENCY IS A LOCAL ISSUE?
      IF OUR SECURITY OPERATIVE CANNOT HANDLE THE SITUATION AND WE SEE HELP FROM A FOREIGN HAND, SO BE IT….THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO END THE MAYHEM. YOUR FEAR MIGHT BE USA MANIPULATION………LET ME TELL YOU NIGERIA IS NOT JUST ANY AFRICAN NATION. THE USA GIVE RESPECT OR FEAR NIGERIA AND SOUTH AFRICA…THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COPE WITH THE ANGER.

      AFTERALL, IT IS THE UK JUDICIARY THAT DID WHAT THE NIGERIAN JUDICIARY HAD NO GUT TO DO………………JAILED IBORI.

  2. If the boko haram people really have grievances, why would they be wasting innocent life, why not let the government know their grievances, why not face those in power with their violence attack because the leaders don’t care about the poor, look at them all no one take treatment here, their children don’t school here, everyyear strikes in the university. Well I pray to God to help Nigeria

  3. Weda u like it or nt Nigeria realy need help 4m foreign hands, yes i appreciate our Nigerian security d are doing der best bt der best is nt enof, i never belived dat so many people wil still nt b in suport & b kicking against dis, unles ur among dos who want 2 destroy dis Nation bt remember dat u wil cry had i knw one day, since u dnt cera about other people’s life, God is watchingOooo.

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