Nigerian Senate Outrage over Killing Of Another Red Cross Worker

 Nigerian Senate Outrage over Killing Of Another Red Cross Worker

The Senate, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and groups, including the Arewa Consultative Forum and the #BringBackOurGirls coalition, on Tuesday, condemned the killing of an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Hauwa Liman, by Boko Haram insurgents.

The sect executed Liman on Monday about a month after it killed a nurse with the ICRC, Saifura Khorsa, who was abducted alongside Liman and Alice Loksha in Rann, Borno State, on March 1.
ACF, a northern socio-political group, accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of not doing enough to rescue the aid worker after the brutal killing in September of Saifura by the same terror organisation.

The forum, in a statement in Kaduna by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, described as callous, barbaric and inhuman, the action of the group, which it said was against the tenets of Islam.

The ACF said, “The killing is clear desecration of Islam which preaches sacred inviolability of the individual.”

The group said, “Arewa Consultative Forum is saddened and pained by the sad news of the execution of another aid worker Hauwa Amina Liman by the Boko Haram terrorists on Monday.

“The Federal Government’s assurances that it has been working with some friendly countries and other international organisations to save the lives of the innocent aid workers have not yielded the desired result.

“The Federal Government should not wait for deadline from the terrorists before taking necessary actions to rescue them. Any actions by the Federal Government and the allies on this issue should be quick in order to assuage the fears of Nigerians of what may happen to those still in captivity.

BBOG protests, accuses Buhari of not fulfilling pledges

Also, the #BringBackOurGirls coalition protested in Abuja against the killing of Liman by Boko Haram insurgents.

The protesters, who were stopped by security operatives from taking their protest to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, accused the President of failing to fulfil his pledges to rescue the Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, and other captives.

The group in a statement by Edith Yassin, Nifemi Onifade and Gapani Yanga alleged that the government had forgotten the hostages, including the Chibok girls.

The campaigners said, “It is evident to all well-meaning people that the parents of our remaining schoolgirls have all but been pathetically forgotten and abandoned to their fate by the administration of President Buhari.

“These were the same parents that were promised swift recovery of their daughters by Buhari when he was on the campaign trail in 2014 and 2015.”

The BBOG recalled that the President had also assured the coalition that he would rescue the hostages during two meetings with the members.

It stated, “We wish to reiterate that our advocacy for the Federal Government to rescue our 112 #ChibokGirls, #LeahSharibu, Alice and all other abducted persons in the custody of the terrorists shall not cease until they are all brought back.

“Within the coming weeks and months, we shall constantly take actions to press on with our demands, we shall not give any reprieve to President Buhari until he performs his constitutional duty and fulfills his pledge to the people of Nigeria to always put their interest above his own,” the activists stated.

Senate knocks FG

Senators at the plenary on Tuesday criticized the Federal Government and security agencies for failing to secure Liman.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, moved a motion to demand a drastic counter-action by the government against the sect. He also lamented the spate of extrajudicial killings, especially by men of the Nigeria Police across the country.

Ekweremadu said, “This motion is in respect of the killing of an aid worker, Liman, by Boko Haram insurgents. You will recall that few weeks ago, Boko Haram issued a threat that they were going to kill Liman who volunteered herself to work with the International Committee of the Red Cross in the North-East of Nigeria.

“While working in that capacity, she was abducted in Borno State and yesterday, she was forced to kneel down, her hands were tied behind her and she was shot at a very close range. She was a student and left to serve humanity under the Red Cross. It was in the line of this service that she met her untimely death.

“You will recall that one of her colleagues was also killed in September in a similar pattern. She too was an aid worker. You will also recall that last week while we were debating the Federal Capital Territory’s budget, there were a lot of contributions regarding insecurity in the FCT. And yesterday, a young lady, Anita, was killed by the police.”

He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the aid workers and other Nigerians, adding those who killed Liman and Khorsa, must not go unpunished.

Seconding the motion, Barau Jibrin also condemned Liman’s killing.

The Senate unanimously resolved to observe a two-minute silence in honour of Liman, which was done. They also resolved to extend condolences to the family of the deceased and the international community where she served.

Senator Gbenga Ashafa, in his prayer, said the Federal Government through the security agencies must immediately secure the release of both Leah Sharibu and the last IRCS volunteer.

The prayer was seconded by Senator Francis Alimikhena and unanimously granted by the lawmakers.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, condemned Liman’s murder.

He said, “Irrespective of the decision that we have taken, I believe 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 incidents.”

The Senate President had earlier on his personal handle, @bukolasaraki, tweeted, “I join Nigerians and the international community in condemning the murder of Hauwa Leman – an aid worker with @ICRC, by Boko Haram.

“As I said on the 18th of September 2018, humanitarian workers who go into trouble spots to alleviate people’s suffering are some of the most courageous and selfless people on the planet. They are #NotATarget.

FG must prevent execution of last aid worker – Reps

The House of Representatives, in its reaction, asked the Federal Government to intensify efforts in securing the release of the remaining aid worker held by Boko Haram.

It also urged the rescue of Leah Sharibu and other victims. The resolution came on Tuesday after Monday’s execution of Hauwa Liman.
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Ayomide Oyewole

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