Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Buhari Calls Hauwa Liman's Father, Condoles With Family

Buhari Calls Hauwa Liman's Father, Condoles With Family

The federal government has condemned the execution of Hauwa Leman, an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), by The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram.

He described the killing as dastardly, inhuman and ungodly, saying nothing can justify the shedding of the blood of innocent people.

The 24-year-old Hauwa Mohammed Liman had been working as a midwife in a hospital supported by the ICRC.

"It is very unfortunate that it has come to this".

"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 nearly a decade-long conflict".

In a short clip seen by a special correspondent of TheCable, Leman was forced to kneel down, with her hands tied inside a white hijab which has a crest symbol, and then shot at a close range. Before and after the deadline issued by her abductors, the federal government did everything any responsible government should do to save the aid worker.

He also thanked all the friendly governments and the clerics across religious lines, that have continued to work with Nigeria for the safe release of the abducted women.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who declared that defeating extremism was a top priority when he took power in 2015, in recent days sent three Cabinet ministers to meet with the families of Sharibu and the abducted health workers, his office said.

Asked to comment on government's response as the deadline drew near, Mosimann answered: "The Nigerian government has assured us of their full commitment to the resolution of the crises".

In a statement released Sunday, the ICRC begged the Nigerian government for help and the militants for mercy.

"ICRC Director of Operations met with the Vice President of Nigeria to discuss the plight of the hostages and severe challenges faced by humanitarian workers in north eastern Nigeria in September". How can it be that two female health care workers were killed back-to-back? "Speed and urgency are critical", it wrote.

ISWA split from Boko Haram in 2016 and has killed hundreds of soldiers in attacks in northeastern Nigeria in the past few months, security and military sources have told Reuters.

Meanwhile, the federal government has expressed shock over the killing of Hauwa Leman by the Boko Haram terrorists. Like Boko Haram, it wants to create a separate state in northeast Nigeria that adheres to a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

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