By Damilola Oyedele
The State of Israel has condemned the recent bomb attacks on THISDAY newspaper offices in Abuja and Kaduna describing it as an attack on a vibrant free press.
Similarly, God’s Kingdom Society (GKS) also commiserated with the management of THISDAY newspapers over the attack on the company’s offices in Abuja and Kaduna.
The Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, Mr. George Deek, said this while on a condolence visit to THISDAY office in Abuja Thursday. He led a team of cadet diplomats from Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a visit that was already scheduled before the attacks.
“We experience this everyday in our country whether it is exploding buses or the 12000 rockets launched at our population from Gaza and elsewhere,” he said.
Meanwhile, GKS in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Benedict Hart, said: “It is a sad commentary on the degenerated state of affairs in the country today that some individuals with a weird sense of mission should be killing, maiming their fellow human beings without compunction and destroying properties with reckless abandon. It is even more confounding that the media has become targets in this dastardly campaign against the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria. This is highly unfortunate.
“The attack is highly misplaced because the press by its nature gives expression to a wide diversity of views and opinions, even views of the least powerful social groups,” Hart said.
“This means that those who are opposed to the government or other categories in society are free to use the platform for free speech and unrestricted public debate in the market place provided by the media. This has been the case in Nigeria, especially since the outset of civil rule and any attempt to reverse the gains made in this direction will be futile, by God’s grace.
“We exhort the media practitioners not to give in to the dastardly tactics of these individuals who have chosen to imbibe a distorted, even perverted view of the purpose of human existence and who want to deprive the public the right to balanced presentation of issues of the day.
“We appeal to those behind these gruesome acts to refrain from further shedding of blood and destruction of property. God Almighty abhors violence and has long declared that no one has the right to take the life of another. (Genesis 9:6; Hosea 4:1-3) We appeal to all separatist groups in the country to embrace the government’s offer of dialogue as disagreements are better expressed and settled by compromise, conciliation and debate rather than by resorting to vengeance, brute force, violence or coercion. – See Romans 12:17-21; Proverbs 25:9; Romans 14:19.”
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