UN, U.S. Senate, CAN condemn killing of health workers

There was outrage across Nigeria and beyond yesterday following the killing of yet another humanitarian aid worker by terrorists operating in the North-East of the country.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed that a health worker abducted by the Boko Haram had been murdered by her captors.
The ICRC named the worker as Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a 24-year-old midwife.

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the murder of the aid worker.
The terror group had killed Saifura Ahmed in September.

Both victims were among the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno in March.

The ICRC described the action of the terrorist group as “a despicable act of cruelty,” noting that Liman was the second health worker killed by the captors in a month.

United Nations; President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili; the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN); the United States Embassy in Nigeria as well as the Atiku Campaign Organisation were among personalities and institutions that condemned the action of the terrorists.

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called for those responsible for the killing of Ms Liman, to be brought to justice.

Guterres, in a statement issued in New York, said he was appalled and strongly condemned the killing of the ICRC aid worker in North-East.
“Those responsible for this killing must be brought to justice,” the Secretary-General demanded.

The UN chief expressed his concern for the safety and well-being of the remaining hostages and called for their immediate release.

The Secretary-General emphasised that all parties to the conflict must protect aid workers who provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to the millions of people in need in North-East Nigeria.

He expressed deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Liman and solidarity with the president and staff of the ICRC.

Also, the United States (U.S.) has condemned the killing of Liman by Boko Haram on Monday.
The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria expressed its condolence to the deceased family and the ICRC.

“We stand in solidarity with our Nigerian partners as we work to defeat ISIS-West Africa and prevent these tragedies.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hauwa’s family, to her colleagues, and to those still suffering in captivity,” it stated.
Saraki noted that humanitarian workers who work in crisis zones to provide necessary support for victims were most selfless and courageous persons and should never be targets of harm.

The Senate had, yesterday, observed a two-minute silence in honour of Liman. This followed a motion raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and subsequent debate on the issue where the Senate resolved to pay official condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

The Upper Chamber also resolved to ensure that the Federal Government, through its security agencies, take necessary measures to secure the freedom of both Leah Sharibu and other surviving members of the ICRC being held hostage by the insurgents.

“Distinguished Colleagues, irrespective of the decision that we have taken, I believe that our committees on defence and security, as part of their own responsibilities, should engage with the security agencies to find out if there are other issues that need to be addressed in order to prevent the reoccurrence of such sad incident,” Saraki said.

The House of Representatives also condemned the gruesome murder of Liman and Khorsa by Boko Haram.
Consequently, the House has urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts in collaborating with other countries of the world to acquire advance technology for terrorism information gathering and satellite full imagery devices that can help in the fight against terrorism.
It also called on the development partners not to relent in their aid and support for counter-terrorism operations in the country.

President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, prayed God to console and comfort all the bereaved, heal their wounds and restore sanity to Nigeria.

The CAN president also advised the security agencies to set up a powerful judicial panel of inquiry to investigate those responsible for the unending killings in the country, especially in the Plateau with a view to stopping it and compensating the bereaved and other victims.
“It is disappointing, shocking and worrisome how thousands of people are being killed for months and the government appears helpless,” he said.

Similarly, the PFN, Lagos State Chapter, condemned the killing of the aid worker, describing it as barbaric.

Chairman, PFN, Lagos Chapter, Bishop Olusola Ore, said it was a shocking and worrisome trend that a young, promising lady will just be killed by terrorists.

Ezekwesili described Boko Haram’s execution of Liman as heart-breaking and painful.

She said it was sad that the nation failed the deceased aid worker just as the death of Khosa, who was earlier murdered by the deadly sect could not be averted.

“This is heartbreaking. This should haunt us as a nation. This should haunt us as a people. This should deeply worry us that we failed this young woman, which we continue to fail Leah Sharibu and other young women and men and children in captivity; that we find ourselves helpless in the face of terrorists,” she said.

Meanwhile, the BBOG staged a street protest in Abuja yesterday to demand accountability from the Federal Government on its promise to rescue the aid workers and other Nigerians in Boko Haram’s captivity.

The protesters charged President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill the promises he made during his campaigns for the presidency and uphold the 1999 Constitution upon which he swore to protect the lives of every Nigerian.

The protesters, who matched from the Unity Fountain to the Aso Villa, alleged that Buhari had abandoned governance in deference to his ambition to remain in power at all cost.

In a joint address presented at the end of the protest, the BBOG stated that President Buhari and his team have exemplified a soulless government, by ignoring the passionate appeals of the aid workers for rescue from their captors. According to the group, a responsible government would have taken prompt action to rescue the helpless humanitarian workers, after their colleague, Saifura Ahmed, was killed and an ultimatum given by the terrorists over the remaining captives.
The BBOG urged President Buhari to ensure that the security of lives of all citizens was placed above personal interest of re-election.

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