Buhari speaks with Hauwa Liman’s father
. Reps, ICRC decry murder of aid workers
OBIORA IFOH, AND JONAS EZIEKE, Abuja
Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar has vowed to visit judgment on Boko Haram for the brutal murder of aid worker, Hauwa Liman, after the expiration of the deadline given to the Federal Government by the dreaded sect.
This came on the heels of the condemnation of the killing by House of Representatives who urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts at stopping the activities of Boko Haram
Atiku’s Campaign Organisation had in a statement said, “This inhuman act is a crime against humanity and Atiku Abubakar wishes to ensure first the parents of Hauwa Leman and Saifura Khorsa and all Nigerians, that he will do everything within his powers to ensure that justice is served to those who committed this heinous act.
“While nothing can bring her back, the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation wishes to ensure the family of the innocents, whose lives have been brutally cut short, that we will continue to work with our partners in Nigeria and the international community to ensure that those who are still in the captivity of the terrorists and their allies are rescued alive.
“We pray to Almighty God to grant the family fortitude and succour in these trying times. We also pray for God to be with our security forces and grant them every advantage of the enemies of our nation.
“Finally, we call on all Nigerians to continue to support the gallant men and women of our armed forces, as they take the battle to the terrorists and their sponsors. Nigeria will prevail because the victory of good over evil is a settled issue. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Also on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari spoke with Mohammed Liman, father of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ midwife who was killed by Boko Haram terrorists, Hauwa Liman.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.Shehu said during the telephone conversation, the President commiserated with the family and assured the deceased’s father that the Nigerian government did everything possible to save his daughter’s life.
Buhari reportedly expressed sadness that all the efforts turned out unsuccessful.“He (the President) regretted that her commitment to helping victims of the Boko Haram insurgency ended in such a brutal way,” the statement read.
The presidential spokesman said Buhari also spoke with the President of the ICRC, Peter Maurer, and extended condolences on the loss of the midwife.He said Buhari commended the ICRC for the great work it has been doing in Nigeria by providing healthcare services to victims of insurgency in some of the most affected areas.
The statement added, “President Buhari appealed to the ICRC to continue their services in Nigeria, and not give up, despite the unfortunate and painful loss of their staff.
“According to the President, Nigeria needs the ICRC and the government will continue to do all it can to protect staff of the organisation and other aid workers that are providing much-needed humanitarian services in the North East region, which had been affected by almost a decade-long conflict.”
Meanwhile, House of Representatives Tuesday condemned the killing of the aid workers by the Boko Haram insurgents .This was sequel to the adoption of a motion by Hon. Chike John Okafor (Imo APC) on the matter on the floor of the House.
Okafor, while debating the motion noted that three selfless citizens of Nigeria who are health workers with the United Nations Children Fund UNICEF and International Federation of the Red Cross (ICCR) Saifura Khorsa, Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha were abducted by the boko haram sect in Rann Kala Balge Local council area of Borno State.
He further noted that these health workers apart from being mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and constituents were voluntary health workers providing healthcare and humanitarian assistance to devastated victims of Boko Haram sect in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area.
The lawmaker also expressed worries noting that after the news of the abduction broke out, the Federal Government entered into negotiations with the sect still towed the ugly part as they still executed their captors.
He also noted that two of the abductees Alice Loksha and Leah Sharibu abducted on February 19, 2018 are still in book haram captivity and urged the government to intensify negotiation efforts to rescue them.
Consequently, the House presided by the Speaker Yakubu Dogara adopted the motion with a voice vote.The Speaker urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts at the negotiations with the sect to ensure release of the remaining abductees.Also, ICRC has condemned the killing of the second health worker abducted by Boko Haram.
Hauwa Liman was murdered on Monday, following a threat by the sect to do so.This was despite ICRC’s earlier appeal to the Federal Government to ensure the release of the midwife.In a statement released on Tuesday, ICRC referred to the incident as “utterly devastating”.
The Federal Government had also condemned the killing, while stating that they did all they could to ensure her release.”It’s utterly devastating that we have to write that sentence,” said ICRC’s Regional Director for Africa, Patricia Danzi.
“The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) received information indicating that Hauwa Mohammed Liman has been killed by her captors in a despicable act of cruelty. Hauwa is the second abducted health worker in Nigeria to be murdered in the last month.
“The news of Hauwa’s death has broken our hearts. We appealed for mercy and an end to such senseless murders. How can it be that two female health care workers were killed back-to-back? Nothing can justify this.”
The statement described Hauwa, 24, as “full of life, becoming a midwife at an early age”.”People who knew her described her as a sociable, dynamic and enthusiastic woman who was much loved by family and friends. She was truly dedicated to her work helping vulnerable women in her family’s home area.”
Hauwa was abducted in an attack in the north-eastern town of Rann on March 1, together with Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Alice Loksha.
Saifura was deliberately killed on September 16, while Alice remains in captivity, along with Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old student abducted by the group in a separate incident in February. Hauwa and Saifura worked in a health-care centre supported by the ICRC; Alice worked in a centre supported by UNICEF.”
“The ICRC made sustained and committed efforts to secure the release of the three health-care workers, including a last-minute plea for mercy on Sunday to the Islamic State West Africa Province group, to no avail,” Danzi added.
“Hauwa and Saifura’s deaths are not only a tragedy for their families, but they will also be felt by thousands of people in Rann and other conflict-affected areas of north-east Nigeria where accessing health care remains a challenge. We urge the group holding Alice and Leah to release them safely.”
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