Hauwa Liman's Murder: National Assembly Kicks Against Buhari
The National Assembly has asked President Buhari to do all he can, including negotiating with Boko Haram terrorists, to secure the freedom of every citizen in the terrorists' custody.
The captivity of Nigerians and the torture they face are major issues discussed during plenary in both chambers of the National Assembly.
The lawmakers decried the death of a health worker with the International Community of the Red Cross (ICRC), Hauwa Liman.
She was murdered by the breakaway group of Boko Haram that is affiliated to the Islamic State. The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) said killing Hauwa showed it kept its word.
Hauwa was abducted in March with two other health workers. She is the second martyred while one is still in their custody.
Her death was raised at the Senate and after deliberations, parliament asked the executives to utilise all resources within its disposal to guarantee the freedom of high school student, Leah Sharibu and Alice Loksha, the abducted Red Cross aid worker.
Alice is the remaining Red Cross worker out of the three abducted in March by ISWAP.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who had earlier condemned the killing of the aid worker, said: "We have also directed all Senate committees that deal with defence, security and intelligence to meet with our security agencies".
They committee members are to find out if there are any issues that need to be addressed to end the abduction of aid workers and bring about the freedom and safe return of Leah and Alice.
At the House of Representatives, lawmakers asked President Buhari and his cabinet to as a matter of urgency, commence further negotiation for the safe release of the women who are still being held captive by Boko Haram terrorists.
A lawmaker from Imo State, Chike Okafor, raised a motion on the urgent need to take steps to rescue the remaining captives from the custody of the insurgents.
Mr Okafor told the House that the killing of Hauwa by the terrorists had led to a sad moment for them and the nation.
“It is painful to note that despite efforts by the Federal Government who opened a negotiation channel immediately and put all possible efforts on table to secure an agreeable bargain for the safe release of the abductees, unfortunately, Mr Speaker, the Boko Haram sect took a horrible path of executing these helpless and selfless voluntary health workers who gave their time on earth for the care and wellness of devastated Boko Haram victims,” he added.
Some lawmakers, who also debated on the motion, requested that President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he was unable to tackle the security challenges facing the country.
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