What Buhari told family of Hauwa Liman after execution by Boko Haram

Thursday, 18 Oct, 2018

"Killing another aid worker whose only crime is dedicating her life to make life better for others confirms that Boko Haram has sunken to its lowest level of weakness".

Medical workers Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha were kidnapped alongside midwife Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa in March while working in the town of Rann with the ICRC.

According to the President, Nigeria needs the ICRC and the government will continue to do all it can to protect the staff of the organisation.

"Boko Haram must also not be encouraged to see itself as being capable of unsettling the Nigerian state through evil acts like this as it will only motivate its fighters to abduct more helpless people". They said Leah was to remain a slave.

It said: "Today is yet another dark day in our nation".

The ICRC said [Liman] was a "sociable, dynamic and enthusiastic woman who was much loved by family and friends". Help our leader to decisively and permanently confront all those that kill off our young, our old, our men, our women.

Liman worked in a hospital supported by the ICRC and Loksha as a nurse in a centre supported by UNICEF.

"This is how they have come to be referred to as the #RannWomen".

Running and panting, the victim said: "We are under attack in Rann. Before and after the deadline issued by her abductors, the federal government did everything any responsible government should do to save the aid worker", the statement read.

More than 27,000 people have been killed in northeast Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, while almost two million others remain homeless due to the conflict. Saifura is gone. Hauwa is gone. She remains captive while more than 100 of her fellow students were released because she is Christian.

The Nigerian government was "shocked" and "saddened" by the killing of the woman, who was not identified, the information ministry said in a statement.

But the organization had decided not to pay a ransom as it would set a unsafe precedent for the 16,000 aid workers it deploys worldwide, Patricia Danzi, ICRC regional director for Africa, told Reuters. We appealed for mercy and an end to such senseless murders.

All three workers were seized in March in Nigeria's northeastern community of Rann, where thousands have sought shelter from the extremist threat that includes the Nigeria-based Boko Haram insurgency. Nothing can justify this.

He assured Hauwa's father that the Nigerian government did everything possible to save his daughter's life, lamenting that all the efforts turned out unsuccessful.