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Friday, April 27, 2012

Boko Haram Explain Why They Bombed ThisDay Office


Boko Haram
has not only claimed responsibility for
the Abuja and Kaduna bombings,they
have also explained why they carried
out the attacks.

Boko Haram Spokesperson Abul Qaqa
told Premium Times in an exclusive
interview...

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.”

“Some reporters are aware that I am
Abul Qaqa, they know my voice through
our long interactions and they also
know the role of Abu Darda who heads
the enlightenment committee and
sometimes facilitates interviews; yet
they (media) go by the unsubstantiated
view of government that Abul Qaqa is in
custody and I am the new spokesman
or number two,” he said.

“Another issue was the recent
kidnappings in the north; we were clear
with our position as a group during a
teleconference with reporters but we
were shocked the next day when
newspaper headlines added a lot of
things which I never said during that
interview.”

“Another example is the recent video
posted on YouTube by our Imam; I
challenge every Nigerian to watch that
video again. There is no place our imam
either said he will crush President
Jonathan or issued an ultimatum to the
government in Nigeria; but nearly all
papers carried very wrong and
mischievous headlines.”

“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.”

“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.

“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.”

“The media in Nigeria are not a problem
to us if they will do their job
professionally without taking sides, but
each time we say something, it is either
changed or downplayed. But when our
enemy says something even without
logical proof, it is blown out of
proportion.”

"We have repeated asked some
reporters to retract some stories or
even give us the right of reply but none
of these requests were given to us."

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