Boko Haram Killing Of Another Aid Worker Leaves Saraki, Atiku In Shock
An aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Hauwa Leman, has been martyred by the splinter group of Boko Haram one month after killing her colleague.
The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) had warned the Nigerian government that it would kill another health worker it had held hostage for seven months if nothing was done to meet its demands. It said it kept its word by killing her on Monday.
Miss Leman was shot at close range by a member of ISWAP after she was forced to kneel, with her hands tied wearing a white hijab which has a crest symbol.
Her martyr came one month after Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State in March 2018, was also killed by ISWAP.
‘We Will Kill Them’
Before the hostages were taken, the terrorist killed four soldiers, four policemen and three humanitarian aid workers.
In a statement on the killing, ISWAP said: “We have kept our word exactly as we said, by killing another humanitarian worker, Hauwa Leman, who is working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that were abducted during a raid on a military facility in Rann, Kala Balge in March 2018.
"Saifura and Hauwa were killed because they are considered as Murtads (apostates) by the group because they were once Muslims that have abandoned their Islam, the moment they chose to work with the Red Cross, and for us, there is no difference between Red Cross and UNICEF.
"If we see them, we will kill the apostates among them, men or women, and chose to kill or keep the infidels as slaves, men or women".
Before Leman was killed the Red Cross had raised concern, asking the Nigerian government, international community and individuals of influence to act fast before her execution. That plea did not chance anything.
After reports of the killing spread, Mr Atiku Abubakar, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, expressed concern.
"I’m deeply saddened by the murder of Hauwa Leman, an ICRC aid worker, by terrorists.
"I implore the Federal Government to deploy every reasonable tool at its disposal to bring Leah Shuaibu and all the children in Boko Haram captivity home," Atiku said.
For the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who condemned the murder of Leman, 'killing someone who go into troubled spots to alleviate people's suffering is a most callous and ungodly act'.
"I join Nigerians and the international community in condemning the murder of Hauwa Leman- an aid worker with the Red Cross, by Boko Haram.
"As I said on the 18th of September 2018, humanitarian workers, who go into troubled spots to alleviate people’s suffering are the most courageous and selfless people on the planet. They are #NotATarget.
"To harm aid workers in any way is a most callous and ungodly act," he said in a statement on his Facebook page.
On what should be done to save the remaining aid worker and Leah Sharibu who are still in the custody of Boko Haram, Dr. Saraki made a demand and a promise in assurance.
"We need to do better with our national security operations in order to prevent the endangering of lives of humanitarian workers and ordinary citizens in crisis areas.
"My colleagues and I in the Nigerian Senate remain committed to continue working with our Armed Forces to find a lasting solution to these senseless killings by insurgents and improving our national security infrastructure," he added.
Leah Sharibu was taken from a secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State, in February 2018 and was kept behind when other girls were returned because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
The splinter group which has affiliation with Islamic State wants to establish an Islamic State in the northeast and also end Western education in the region.
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