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CAN, Atiku, others mourn as Red Cross confirms killing of aid worker by Boko Haram


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday confirmed that an abducted health worker in Nigeria has been murdered by her captors.

The ICRC named the worker as Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a 24-year-old midwife.

The Nigerian Government had on Monday said that a medical aid worker held hostage since March was killed by Boko Haram insurgents after their deadline expired.

“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,” the Geneva-based aid agency said in a statement.

It noted that Liman was the second health worker killed by the captors in a month.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar condemned the brutal murder of Leman by a branch of Boko Haram.

Leman was murdered after the expiration of the deadline given by Islamic West Africa Province (ISWAP) to the Federal Government to negotiate her freedom and that of and her colleague, Saifura Khorsa, who was earlier killed.

Abubakar  said the act was a crime against humanity and assured the parents of Leman and Khorsa, and all Nigerians, that he would do everything within his powers to ensure that justice was served to those who committed the “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.”

Abubakar called on all Nigerians to continue to support the gallant men and women of the 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.”

He prayed 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 over the enemies of our nation.”

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) commiserated with the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the families of the aid workers.

President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle commiserated with them in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant, Media and Communications to the CAN president, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Ayokunle prayed God to give the families of the bereaved, the leadership of NSCIA, their friends, colleagues, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) the fortitude to bear the “irreplaceable loss’’.

“May God console and comfort you all. Our hearts go with you and we ask God to heal your wounds and restore sanity to our country.

“May those responsible for the wanton killings in the country repent and reconcile with the entire populace in Jesus’ Name,” he prayed.

He, however, appealed to security agencies to assist the Federal Government in unmasking the masterminds of the missing Gen. Idris Alkali.

He urged them to do a thorough investigation with a view to unmasking those responsible without subjecting the innocent to an untold hardship.

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 appearing helpless,” he said.

ISWAP, a faction of Boko Haram, claimed to have killed Leman on Oct. 15.

The terror group had killed Khorsa in Sept. Both ladies were among three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno in March.