The dreaded islamic sect Boko Haram has on Thursday claimed responsibility for the deadly bomb attacks on the Abuja and Kaduna offices of ThisDay Newspapers that claimed at least 6 lives, leaving many others injured.
The sect said it ThisDay Newspapers over alleged misrepresentation of Boko Haram’s positions and perceived bias.
In an interview with a sect member claiming to be Boko Haram’s spokes person, Abul Qaqa, the group said the attacks were meant to send a strong message to the media that it had become fed up with alleged misrepresentations of its positions by journalists.
“We have repeatedly cautioned reporters and media houses to be professional and objective in their reports. This is a war between us and the Government of Nigeria; unfortunately the media have not been objective and fair in their report of the ongoing war, they chose to take side,” Abul Qaqa said.
“It is not only THISDAY that has been engaged in negative media campaign, fictional stories and constantly promoting fake stories by the JTF to give an impression that they are making headway against us yet there is no time the media investigated further as an objective and responsible bystander in this war.
“But the sins of THISDAY are more,” he said.
“They once insulted the Prophet Mohammed in 2001 and we have not forgotten. They recently said our Imam executed me which is false. Here I am speaking to you, I am alive and healthy.” Qaqa added
Qaqa noted that the Nigerian media would not be a problem to the sect “if they will do their job professionally without taking sides.”
More attacks on the Media to come.
Abul Qaqa further warned of more attacks on the media.
“We have just started this new campaign against the media and we will not stop here, we will hit the media hard since they have refused to listen to our plea for them to be fair in their reportage,” he said.
Abul Qaqa also said his group would give further information on biases by the media.
“In the coming days we will give details and instances where the media have not been fair to us and why we are going to attack them as well.”