“We Refuse To Be Cowed…” The Media Reacts To Boko Haram Threats

By SaharaTV, New York

Amidst the terror and destruction, the bombing of government establishments, and the seemingly senseless attacks on Nigerian civilians, the notorious Boko Haram extremist sect recently set their targets on media houses and publications not just in Nigeria but abroad as well.

Last week, the group, formally known as Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihadl, released a video recording via the popular social media website YouTube.  The 30-minute amateur video montage already has more than 68 thousand views.  

Issuing a warning of impending attacks to a number of news organizations, the Boko Haram leader claimed that the media outlets had released biased news.

To gain further insight on how the media has reacted, SaharaTV invited representatives from two news outlets that received threats from Boko Haram: The Nation and Voice of America’s Hausa News Service.

 The Washington, D.C.-based Chief of Voice of America’s Hausa news service, Leo Keyen, told SaharaTV’s Chika Oduah, “our initial reaction was…after watching the video on YouTube and listening to Abubakar Shekau the leader of Boko Haram…and the translation of the text we had to meet in order to take immediate action.”

VOA has put in place certain security measures in Nigeria.

Keyen believes that Boko Haram is targeting VOA because of a “cash for information” story involving a Maiduguri man who received N500 000 by Nigerian police in exchange for information on some bomb making area.  It is believed Boko Haram was upset and complained that VOA was encouraging people to “leak secrets about them.”

In stern defiance, Keyen said, “we are not in the same business as Boko Haram….they are in the business of bombing places, attacking and killing people… we’re in the business of reporting these incidents….”

 “We have a mandate to save lives, reporting so society would be better,” he explained. 

When asked what he would say to the Boko Haram leader if he were ever to meet him face to face, Keyen responded: “Philosophy cannot fly, because it’s not a rule to convert everyone to Islam. God is not a fool.”

He castigated Boko Haram’s seemingly hypocritical rejection of western ideologies.

“Why do you use the YouTube, phone, air crafts, SUV’s to bomb media houses?”

Soji Omotunde, the General Manager of Training & Development at The Nation news media organization, spoke of a recent telephone conversation he had with an anonymous caller who claimed to be a Boko Haram member.

Omotunde, who said the media should refuse to be “cowed,” said the conversation occurred on Thursday May 3 at about 8:30 pm.

Reportedly, the caller told Omotunde to “be very careful” and anticipate more attacks.

During the interview with SaharaTV’s Rudolf Okonkwo, Omotunde questioned, "if these people are so destructive, how do you expect people to invest in this nation?.....Since we are doing what we are supposed to do, we are not intimidated….our basic duty is to do our job the way it should be done."

He expressed his concerns that Boko Haram may even begin carrying attacks in Lagos, asserting that the aim of the extremist sect is to move further South.

Making reference to the emergency meeting conducted by the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) after the attacks on the office of ThisDay newspaper, Omotunde say The Nation will subsequently follow safety guidelines agreed upon by the association.

Watch the full interview with Soji Omotunde, General Manager of Training & Development for The Nation and the full interview with the Chief of Voice of America’s Hausa news service, Leo Keyen.


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Allah is great a baby born with the holy
Quran.when we go see anoda one with bible
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MOSOB/POC should start their

MOSOB/POC should start their own in South East/West so the FG will dialogue with them, sense less people.




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tundemess was the WTC bombed the USA presido was a moron

@Tundemess was the WTC bombed because the president of america was a moron? What about Spain, Britain and Russia? These lies of yours no longer work. Same type of 419 you played on us when late Gani came up. Whom u described as being too erratic for 9ja. Now you are on Gej. The activities of boko haram according Yakassai started in Yobe in 2003. When GEJ was not even thinking of occupying aso rock. The president then was OBJ. And dont forget that was the period Buhari entered politics in 2003. After he had told Nigerians that Abacha never stole a penny from CBN. If Abacha was clean as Buhari claimed then what name will he give Danjuma? The man he collected over 20m from to rent an office block in abuja for CPC

God will judge boko

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Boko Xtian. Please do

Boko Xtian. Please do yourself and us a favor, go back to school and leanr a bit of english and how to spell before you attack Deri. You are certainly from BH territory, leanring and schooling are haram to you.

Western Education

These people hate Western Education and still utilize tools from Western education to propagate and diseminate their evil agenda. The only way to stop these mad men is through superior Western security tools. If we had a government these poor souls would be tracked and rounded up in no time with such tools. This the 21 century for goodness sake.

DERI should Die mercilessly

@Tony h ...yes u are very right we don't get tired of Killin pple like Deri. Y not? He deserves to be beheAded and his head should be placed on a spike...he hAs no respect for any 1, his mother must be white missionary prostitute or she must hav been fucked by Shaitan himself, Deri u r d son of Shaitan, jst recently a baby was born with a koran in his hand, this is enuf for u, like wise u. Somthin terrible will happen to u this night or 2mrw..! Son of an infidel prostitute and a Missionary bisexual FAther"!

Deri is "Sambo Dasuki"

People are using the assumed anonymity of the internet to throw insults.

That you use fake screen names does not make you anonymous on the internet.

Anonymity on the internet is a myth.

It is very possible to physically locate you.

All it cost is money and time.

People should show lots of restraints when posting comments about sensitive issues.

You must be a fool like your

You must be a fool like your fake Ph.d proffesor of lies Jonathan. Buhari is not a degree holder but better than Jonathan mumu in many ways. Your brother jonathan is the worst president ever. He need to go back creek and continue fishing. He has no common sence as a proffesor. Hes a disgrace to south south people. Hes a CON man and a looter. The senegal president just declare his assets, but up till now the mumu Jonathan have not declare his assets. We are no more fools. He can never ever win election again because hes incompitent and a novies. We dont want impotent leader to lead us any more. President with texas cow boy hat. He brought us pains and sorrow. He has failed woefully. Dummy

Daily reminder to Deri - don't forget your prescription

@Deri... this is your reminder to take your night dosage of the Anti-Buhariasis tablet to prevent hallucinations about Buhari as usual. Cheers and cheers again.

Daily reminder to Deri - don't forget your prescription

@Deri... this is your reminder to take your night dosage of the Anti-Buhariasis tablet to prevent hallucinations about Buhari as usual. Cheers and cheers again.

Daily reminder to Deri - don't forget your prescription

@Deri... this is your reminder to take your night dosage of the Anti-Buhariasis tablet to prevent hallucinations about Buhari as usual. Cheers and cheers again.

Boko Will soon End

Boko Haram menace is indeed at an end.
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bravado or bragado?

Good to hear the media saying they will not be cowed by BH. My advice to them is to tread softly with their statements. In a ideal society where security is not a joke you can meet evil eyeball to eyeball but in a nation where millions?have to die before we reach a quota that will wake a slumbering, disconnected and lazy govt, sitting ducks shouldn't make themselves an even bigger target.


May God grant us the grace to overcome this menace called boko haram, blood sucker!

@ Ashassan...Re: Kill Him

@ Ashassan: You wrote: "@dansuki, if there is anything i can do to you is just to kill you because you dont deserve to live."

Do you people ever get tired of killing? Kill, kill, kill...thats the only response you have for any disagreements!

Now, I see why your religion is slammed daily on this site.

Jonathan is here to stay

As I have said, the media in our country and others should be blamed for the ongoing mass murder by Boko Haram. Our socalled social critics like Okey, Pius, Sonala among others hardly condemn evil acts by Boko haram. They like to condemn corruption. They condemn jonathan's atrocious English. They like to condemn poor governance, all as if jonathan is the only corrupt leader who does not know how to speak English and does not know how to elevate the people. Ok, so jonathan is bad, and some people wrongly praise buhari. Too bad, because jonathan is here to stay, and he can enrich himself as much as he likes. Power to jonathan!


The main annoyance of the boko-haram is the non-implementation of full sharia in the so-called core north.I dont see the logic in agitating for sharia law but refuse to implement it fully when it is granted,the political and religious leaders of those sharia states are the ones responsible for the anger of the boko-haram.The boko-haram have made it specifically clear that they wish to live in an society where sharia is law,just like it was during the time of thier mentor Uthman dan Fodio who was a great Jihadi.
It is also imperative that Nigeria as a country sit down and work out a module which will accomodate self determination of the various tribal and religious components which make up our country in the intrest of lasting peace.


God wl not allow u to go un purnish for ds abusive comment

Silly fake lawyer OC with his idiotic thoughts (2)

You have a govt. with a disjointed or no security policy. A govt. where the National Security Adviser and the President openly disagree on the source of security problem is a dysfunctional govt. and yet this crumb-catcher sees nothing wrong with that but would rather blame a faith or the unarmed people of that region not blaming Boko Haram. The crumb-catcher does not see anything wrong with his President whose only achievement to date is making vows.

Once again, may your children benefit from the foundation you are laying now. If your support for this govt. altruistic, sat amen to that, OC crumb-catcher !

Silly lawyer OC with his idiotic thoughts

It is only a fool and govt. crumb-catcher who would claim ALL northerners or all muslims are guilty of the crime of Boko Haram. I wonder why all Saudi Arabians or all muslims were not guilty of sept. 2001 WTC bombings.
Govt. headed by moron Jonathan has claimed severally they know the sponsors of Boko Haram so the question is what is stopping govt from arresting the sponsors ? But some idiots would rather blame some village heads not condemning Boko Haram activites and these idiots would run under their beds at the sound of a gun and yet want some village head to confront Boko Haram. How about a govt who is constitutionally empowered to provide security? What happnens to the over N1trilion securty budget when you expect some village heads to do the work. Silly fake lawyer OC with his idiotic thoughts !

BUhari, 2015 and Boko Haram

If This man Buhari Has every Nigerian at Heart he should have been condemning the menace of Boko Haram instead of talking of 2015.

RE: Sambo Dasuki!

U better go into hiding b4 these muslim marauders make good their threat n cut off ur head!



where is buharis voice on BH

Rather than have Buhari talk sense into the memebers of Boko haram which he cloned for his party CPC, he is threatening us with a revolution. What is upper-most in the minds of Nigerians is how to curtail the activities of boko haram in maiduguri and force them back to mali where they came from. But the controllers of the oil blocks in the North, would not hear of it. Because the governors are all smilling home with their security votes at the expense of the oil revenue from the SS. Which NGO-such as SNG or occupty 9ja movement, was able to call for protest matches over the mass murder of Buhari boys-boko haram. Allow Jonathan shake hands with the oil minister and that will be front pagenews-just look at the crisis between doctors and tinubu in Lagos. Are the bakares not praising buhari and tinubu over the issue?

Mohammed is to blame


Everybody, be reminded of the International "Draw Mohammed Day", May 20 every year. Check this out in YouTube or google "International draw Mohammed day"

Remember all the evil Mohammed brought to world and put it in drawing just like the Danish cartoonist did years ago. - You can draw Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, Mohammed raping little female children. Mohammed with 72 demon virgins in hell. Mohammed demon in Boko Haram ... You can draw a hell lot of stuff about Mohammed.

Dont't forget to capture the reaction of his deranged followers with your digital cameras. It will be fun to see them in YouTube

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The media in 9ja, intellectual community including our cut and nail NGOs as well as the political class in the north, should be blamed for the ongoing mass murder by Boko Haram. Go through comments by our socalled social critics like Okey, Pius, Sonala among others such as prince charles. You hardly find them take the pains to condemn evil acts by Boko haram. Never! Instead what we often observe them do is to introuce BH in the 1st para of their articles, then gradually build the history of jonathan and his wife Dame into the piece. 9ja is the only country in the world where we blame the president while we praise Buhari a hard core islamist over the activities of BH. From Afghanistan to Pakistan, the press have often been the target of Islamic insurgents like BH. Why should we be scared of BH because the likes of IBB, Buhari, Gusau, Ciroma sultan and emirs are using them to steal oil blocks from us? We need to talk and talk we will one day

“O mankind ! We created you

“O mankind ! We created you from a single soul, male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. Truly, the most honored of you in God’s sight is the greatest of you in piety. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (Qur’an 49:13)

“There is no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clearly from falsehood; whoever rejects evil and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks and God is All-Hearing and All-Knowing.” (Qur’an 2:256)

“Say: ‘We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord; We make no difference between one and another of them, And we submit to God.” (Qur’an 2:136)

U r very right

@ dansuki, It takes an honourable man to say the truth. You are an honourable man.

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