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Pres. Jonathan Condemns Terror Attack on Charlie Hebdo French Magazine

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Presdident Goodluck Jonathan - Bella NaijaPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attack on a French satirical news magazine, Charlie Hebdo, saying that it was a monstrous assault on the right to freedom of expression.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that 12 people died when masked gunmen stormed the magazine building in Paris and opened fire on the staff.

Among the dead were eight journalists, including the magazine’s editor, a police officer and three others.
Jonathan’s reaction is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati.

The statement described the attack as heinous, senseless and totally unjustifiable.

It added that the incident was another reason for lovers of peace, progress and freedom across the globe to unite and “rout the agents of darkness and retrogression”.

The statement said: “Jonathan and Nigeria join the rest of the civilised world in condemning the heinous, senseless and totally unjustifiable killing of journalists and other persons during the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

“The president believes that the cowardly and ignoble attack by violent extremists is a monstrous assault on the right to freedom of expression.

“Jonathan also sees the attack as another manifestation of the depravity and brutality which the world has to contend with.”

Jonathan assured President Francois Hollande and the people of France of Nigeria’s full solidarity with them as they mourned the dead.

“France has been a strong ally and dependable partner in strengthening regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria, West Africa and Africa as a whole.

“Jonathan pledges that his administration will continue to work with the French government and other friendly governments in all continents to end the scourge of global terrorism.

“Jonathan urges media practitioners worldwide not to be discouraged or disheartened by the brutal murder of their colleagues in Paris.

“He enjoins them to remain strong and fearless in pursuit of truth and the defence of human rights and freedom of expression,” the statement read in part.

It extended the “heartfelt condolences” of the people and government of Nigeria to President Francois Hollande and the people of France.

It added that Jonathan prayed that God would comfort the bereaved families and grant speedy recovery to the injured in the attack.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

18 Comments

  1. ks

    January 9, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Nigeria has ready template to condemn such terror attack than any country in the world!!

  2. Hmmmn

    January 9, 2015 at 7:43 am

    And see this man.

  3. missusK

    January 9, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I think Gej and Reuben should face their own palava before talking bout assisting the french in their own issues. A Lot of crisis in the country……… nothing seems to be working but Grammer is been blown in press statements. kmt

    • Scarface

      January 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      I agree with your comment. I felt let down yet again by GEJ administration, A reporter on BBC asked the same question ‘” Why he failed to notice the bombing in his country, which claimed over HUNDRED LIVES, and others homeless in neighboring countries Niger, Chad, who are yet to get any form of help from our beloved country(Naija).
      Now condemning another attack, far off in France… beats me!
      Misplayed priorities.

  4. Fola Alade

    January 9, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Nonsense, has he been able to solve the terror in his own state. All he knows how to do is to keep condemning this and condemning that….

    • Bleed Blue

      January 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      As Igwe Condemner concerned.

      The man is all about 2015. Nothing else matters.

  5. @edDREAMZ

    January 9, 2015 at 8:33 am

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    I just hope buhari will win so that we will stop hearing this word “condemn”……
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    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  6. jummai

    January 9, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Always condemning attacks, pls what more can you offer than condemning attacks even in your own country.

  7. jhennique

    January 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

    LMAOOOOO. Mr President please have some shame and face your country ohhhhhhh

  8. honest one

    January 9, 2015 at 11:06 am

    that’s all he does….to condemn. Mr. Jonathan please face ya work

  9. Fed up

    January 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Shame on you Mr. President for even having an opinion on terrorism in other people’s country when you don’t even mumble an acknowledgement when far more happens in your country.

  10. ada nnewi

    January 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I burst out laughing when I saw this headline while at the gym this morning, I laughed so hard ehhnn the no of weird looks I got was better imagined…how can your house be burning and you have time to go out put out fire in someone else’s garden when they have called a fire service vehicle, meanwhile you have not even called fire service and your family is trapped inside the burning house….Ala gba buo Nwoke nka!

  11. jforjudith

    January 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Don’t you people have a good picture of this man???where he actually lOoks like a president,not someone whose about to cry or poop…or something

  12. Tosin

    January 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Let me guess what the comments are: he’s clueless blah blah blah.
    I’m proud of my country, it’s what countries are supposed to do. We all feel the pain of this senseless act in France, and we all feel the pain of the senseless acts in Boko Haram strongholds.

    But this year, all these terrorists must die BY FIRE!

  13. tunmi

    January 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Are you – serious??? Chai!!! And this is who you all went as president. Mubi, Chibok, Kano, Nyanya, countless others….and he has mouth to offer France kpele.

  14. Southsouthchairman

    January 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    As I suspected before clicking in , rueben abati condemned the attack not jonathan. Funny how they haven’t condemned the killings of over 2000 Nigerians yesterday but they deemed it fit to talk about the one for yonder. Talk bout logs and specs

  15. jojo

    January 9, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    How about you put a rescue team together to bring back out girls.
    Your apologies will ring true then. so far there has been no attempt on your part in that direction

  16. Iris

    January 10, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Please tell me someone asked this man about France and this was a response. Please don’t tell me this statement was made without prompting…otherwise…I just can’t

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