The Publisher of THISDAY, Nduka Obaigbena, whose Abuja and Kaduna offices were bombed Thursday by the extremist Boko Haram sect, says he is not in the least bothered by the deadly incident, and will continue with life as if the attack never happened.
He said by attacking his offices, the sect only wasted its time and resources.
Mr. Obaigbena spoke Friday at the ongoing South-south Economic Summit in Asaba, Delta State, following concerns raised by some Nigerians that he remained at the summit even after the deadly attacks on his business premises which left two staff members dead and five others injured.
Acting as moderator at the event, Mr. Obaigbena responded to the concern, “This morning, somebody who is probably marveled at my continued presence in this place despite the hit on my offices sent me a text and asked what am still doing here.
“The truth is that Boko Haram has done absolutely nothing to me, what they just did is a waste of their time and resources.
“The reason am still here is that life goes on; we have to continue with our lives.”
Mr. Obaigbena’s explanation, which came shortly after a female Professor of Economics from the University of Benin, had asked a question on the lingering state of insecurity in the country also added, “We are taking care of the injured, but we have to continue with our lives.”
Mr. Obaigbena, according to sources at the Lagos office of the newspaper, had informed his top editors on Thursday in the wake of the bombings that he would not leave the Asaba summit and that they should do everything possible to ensure that the newspaper was on the stands the next day.