President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday vehemently condemned the killing of Saifura Khorsa, an aid worker who was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists about 6 months ago at the Rann Internally Displaced Persons Camp.
“The government of Nigeria strongly condemns this reprehensible and inhuman act. No religion permits the killing of the innocent. Saifura worked for the Red Cross, a humanitarian organization tirelessly working to bring succor to all the victims of violence irrespective of the sides of the conflict,” Buhari said.
Khorsa and her colleagues (Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha) were providing antenatal care to communities in Rann when they were abducted.
“We urge those still holding our colleague Hauwa and Alice: release these women. Like Saifura, they are not part of the fight. They are a midwife and a nurse. They are daughters, a wife, and a mother – women with families that depend on them,” The Red Cross stated (as seen on Premium Times).
The sect also threatened to harm other victims in their custody, including Leah Sharibu, the only remaining Dapchi Schoolgirl who was held back by the terrorist group because she refused to denounce Christianity and accept Islam.
President Buhari also reportedly sent out an appeal to Nigeria’s international partners and all who have influence on the terrorists to prevail on them to stop these acts which he described as extreme barbarism.
Mr. President assured that his government will seize every opportunity with both hands to ensure that all citizens held by Boko Haram against their will return home.
“On behalf of his family, the government and people of Nigeria, President Buhari extended condolences to the family of Saifura, the Red Red Cross and UNICEF over the loss of this selfless and hardworking mother,” Mr. Garba Shehu, Buhari’s aide, said.