IPC decries bombings, mourns slain Nigerian journalist

The IPC called on the Nigeria media to hold appropriate authorities accountable.

The International Press Centre, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria, today expressed concern over continuing bombing attacks in the country.

The IPC said the recent blasts in Abuja and Kaduna showed that genuine commitment and more concerted efforts were required to check the menace.

“To do otherwise is to turn Nigeria into a complete jungle where living would be perpetually nasty and indeed very brutish”, said the IPC Director, Lanre Arogundade.

Mr. Arogundade said it was particularly disheartening that yet another journalist had been consumed by the on-going violence with the death of Suleiman Bissala, Managing Editor (Northern Operations) of The New Telegraph Newspaper, during the blast that occurred in Abuja yesterday.

While commiserating with the management and staff of The New Telegraph over his unfortunate death, Mr. Arogundade said it should serve as another wake-up call on the media to hold those who should be responsible for ending the violence accountable to the people in line with its constitutional responsibility.

“The media must now give voice to all and set in motion a popular national debate on collective actions that can be taken as it is un-acceptable for a few to be using acts of individual terrorism to hold the majority to ransom”, Mr. Arogundade added.

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