Connect with us

PHOTOSPEAKS

U.S. denounces attacks on media houses

Published

on

U.S. denounces attacks on media houses 3

The United States on Thursday condemned violence against offices of Nigerian newspapers 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.

– Vanguard

"Mohbad Rejected His Son, Saying He Only Slept With Wunmi Once" – Late Singer's Father
Entertainment9 hours ago

“Mohbad Rejected His Son, Saying He Only Slept With Wunmi Once” – Late Singer’s Father

Women’s Super League: Chelsea Wins Fifth Consecutive WSL Title With 6-0 Victory Over Man Utd
Sports10 hours ago

Women’s Super League: Chelsea Wins Fifth Consecutive WSL Title With 6-0 Victory Over Man Utd

"I Had A Crush On Bishop Oyedepo’s Daughter" – Pastor Adeboye’s Son, Leke Reveals [Video]
Celebrities11 hours ago

“I Had A Crush On Bishop Oyedepo’s Daughter” – Pastor Adeboye’s Son, Leke Reveals [Video]

Manchester City Star, Phil Foden Wins Premier League Player Of The Season
Sports12 hours ago

Manchester City Star, Phil Foden Wins Premier League Player Of The Season

VeryDarkMan Accuses Carter Efe Of Beating His Baby Mama [Video]
Celebrities16 hours ago

VeryDarkMan Accuses Carter Efe Of Beating His Baby Mama [Video]

2027: I Will Step Down And Support Peter Obi — Atiku
Politics17 hours ago

2027: I May Step Down And Support Peter Obi — Atiku

Nicki DaBarbie Regains Her Freedom After 2 Weeks In Jail
Celebrities19 hours ago

Nickie DaBarbie Regains Her Freedom After 2 Weeks In Jail

Seyi Vibez Purchases A New Lamborghini Urus Worth N400 Million [Video]
Entertainment20 hours ago

Seyi Vibez Purchases A New Lamborghini Urus Worth N400 Million [Video]

Chelsea star, Cole Palmer Wins Premier League Young Player of the Season Award
Sports21 hours ago

Chelsea star, Cole Palmer Wins Premier League Young Player of the Season Award

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Caught On Camera Beating, Kicking His Ex-Girlfriend, Cassie Ventura [Video]
Entertainment22 hours ago

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Caught On Camera Beating, Kicking His Ex-Girlfriend, Cassie Ventura [Video]

Queen Wokoma Slams Those Criticizing Her Outfit At Junior Pope’s Burial [Photos]
Entertainment2 days ago

Queen Wokoma Slams Those Criticizing Her Outfit At Junior Pope’s Burial [Photos]

Skepta Dances To Portable’s New Song ‘Spiderman’ Detailing His Arrest [Video]
Entertainment2 days ago

Skepta Dances To Portable’s New Song ‘Spiderman’ Detailing His Arrest [Video]

E-Money Threatens Women Who Accused Him Of Having Romantic Affair With Junior Pope’s Wife
Celebrities2 days ago

E-Money Threatens Women Who Accused Him Of Having Romantic Affair With Junior Pope’s Wife

"My Ex-Wife Had 21 Miscarriages, She Sent Her Friends To Beat Me Up" - Oritsefemi [Video]
Entertainment2 days ago

“My Ex-Wife Had 21 Miscarriages, She Sent Her Friends To Beat Me Up” – Oritsefemi [Video]

Photos And Video From Junior Pope's Burial In Enugu
Entertainment2 days ago

Photos And Video From Junior Pope’s Burial In Enugu

I Accommodated Burna Boy After He Cried To Me During Fight With His Mum - Oritse Femi [Video]
Entertainment2 days ago

I Accommodated Burna Boy After He Cried To Me During Fight With His Mum – Oritse Femi [Video]

BET Awards 2024: Ayra Starr, Burna Boy, Tems, Asake And Seyi Vibez Bag Nominations [Full List]
Entertainment2 days ago

BET Awards 2024: Ayra Starr, Burna Boy, Tems, Asake And Seyi Vibez Bag Nominations [Full List]

Foundation Offers N50 Million To Anyone With Useful Information On Mohbad's Death
Entertainment2 days ago

Foundation Offers N50 Million To Anyone With Useful Information On Mohbad’s Death

APPLY: FG Unveils Portal For Student Loan Applications
Education2 days ago

APPLY: FG Unveils Portal For Student Loan Applications

Why Autopsy Failed To Reveal Cause Of Mohbad's Death - Pathologist
Entertainment2 days ago

Why Autopsy Failed To Reveal Cause Of Mohbad’s Death – Pathologist