Governors of the six South- South States of the country have condemned, in the strongest terms, the twin bomb attacks on Thisday Newspaper Offices in Abuja and Kaduna state.
In a joint statement issued on the sidelines of the 2nd South-South Economic Summit in Asaba, the Delta State Capital, the Governors described the attacks as barbaric and cowardly. While wondering the motive of the attacks, which coincided with its ongoing regional summit where the newspaper’s Publisher, Mr Nduka Obaigbena is playing a pivotal role, the Governors urged the security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the attacks are apprehended and made to answer for their heinous crime.
“We totally condemn the bomb attacks on the premises of the ThisDay Newspaper in Abuja and Kaduna state. It’s barbaric, cowardly and condemnable. “We call on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring the full weight of the law to bear on them,” they stated. The Governors sympathized with the staff and management of the Newspaper, urging them not to be deterred by the incident.
They expressed regret that the attacks came at a time President Goodluck Jonathan is doing a lot to restore confidence in the Nigerian state through purposeful leadership. They used the opportunity to reiterate their support to the President in his determination to tackle acts of terror and other forms of insecurity in the country.
The statement was signed by Governors Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State; Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State; Liyel Imoke of Cross River State; Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State.