US expresses concern about attacks on News Media, Churches in Northern Nigeria

The United States on Tuesday expressed concern about attacks on churches, media and government installations across northern Nigeria which it said increasingly targeted innocent Nigerians.

United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, made this known in a statement, describing as a“disgraceful assault”, the attack on a church service at the Bayero University Kano (BUK) where more than 20 people, including two professors were killed and several others injured.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who were killed and injured.” The US said, while strongly condemning attacks on innocent civilians in Nigeria,

The former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John Campbell, while speaking the ThisDay in New York, agreed that the Boko Haram challenges had assumed a dangerous trend with the attacks on media offices and places of religious worship.

“One is an attack on the freedom of the press; the other is an attack on the freedom of religion. Both must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.” Mr. Campbell said while reacting to the attacks on ThisDay offices and Bayero University.

Campbell, who had consistently maintained his opposition to calls to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organisation, said the increasing wave of attacks by the sect hadn’t changed his position.

Noting the dangerous twist in the upsurge of Boko Haram attacks, the former US envoy said;

“Why ThisDayY was attacked, I don’t know. ThisDay, of course, is a major Nigerian newspaper with circulation all over the country.”

He said Boko Haram appeared to him as a highly defused organisation, and “does not appear to be a tightly organised entity.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. what the US is saying is just nothing as they know the current situation in the country and even acknowledged the extreme and object in the region,let them caution the Nigerian govt that only dialogue will end the crisis.

  2. when ever u hear someone looking 4 dialogue in seriou matter like Islamic extremist*BOKO HARAM*watch closely dat person is mostly a muslim like d so called musa.When muslim are kiling christians,and another country comes to help,muslims wil say it is only dialogue dat can solve it.Islam is corrupt!!!!!

  3. Those who are killing others under de guise of SO CALL BOKO with impunity, and till shamelessly with mischievous, asking 4 dialogue after killing up to estimated figure of ‘seven hundred thousand’ innocent and hepless country men and women in their kinds just only this year 2012..
    just continue kill if u wish after ruling this country right from its inception, now peddling a false hood dat the Norther are being marginalized so as to perpetrate your evil and strong hold on this great nation dat is made up of sovereign ethnic nations. We can never, never stay together again. never.
    My word 4 u cowards is: continue if u wish.but very very soon u and ur aids shall cry last as GOD, SPIRITS AND NATION ECT have rejected and keeping cursing u people and ur so call religion (Islam)

  4. Those who are killing others under de guise of SO CALL BOKO with impunity, and till shamelessly with mischievous, asking 4 dialogue after killing up to estimated figure of ‘seven hundred thousand’ innocent and helpless country men and women in their kinds just only this year 2012..
    Continue kill if u wish after ruling this country right from its inception, now peddling a falsehood dat the North are being marginalized so as to perpetrate your evil and strong hold on this great nation dat is made up of sovereign ethnic nations. We can never, never stay together again. never.
    My word 4 u cowards is: continue if u wish.but very very soon u and ur aids grandfathers shall cry at last as GOD, SPIRITS AND NATIONS etc.have rejected and keeping cursing u people and ur so call religion (Islam)

  5. Very nice and honest concern by the US government, but its funny when i hear an IGBO man calling another person corrupt when in the first place they started the first coup in Nigeria. The greed of the IGBO man and their love for MONEY has seriously contributed to all this nonsense. Funny enough, they are either looking for the YORUBAS to side them, but unfortunately for them the YORUBAS are SMARTER and THE WISEST NIGERIANS as long as I am concern, cos they are creative in a POSITIVE way. Now an average IGBO man is looking for the NIGER DELTA people to fall on. I just hope they dont make the same stupid mistake they made 37 years ago.
    IGBO COURSED A LOT OF OUR PROBLEMS WITHOUT THEM KNOWING. WHEN YOU TRAVEL OUT, THEY ARE THE ONES DENTING OUR IMAGES OUTSIDE, EITHER AS PROSTITUTE, DRUG PUSHERS OR AS FRAUD STARS and this same people will come back and say rubbish.

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