Nigerians from all spheres of the social structure have expressed disgust at the execution of Hauwa Leman, an aid worker with the International Committee for Red Cross, ICRC.
Leman was killed by terrorists who had given the government 24-hours prior to rescue her. The ICRC on Monday launched an appeal for the insurgents to spare her life along with that of two others.
But the terrorists – Islamic State in West Africa, ISWA, instead executed her. Government confirmed the act stating that it had done everything within its powers to save her life.
We are deeply pained by this killing, just like we were by the recent killing of the first aid worker. However, we will keep the negotiations open and continue to work to free the innocent women who remain in the custody of their abductors.
It is quite sad and painful that a young and innocent lady, Hauwa Leman has been killed by captors. I commiserate with her family, friends and Nigerian at large. May her soul RIP.— Bello Shagari (@Belshagy) October 15, 2018
The Fed. Gov. must speed up their effort to rescue Leah Shu’aibu. pic.twitter.com/VDDLa45kow
As I said on the 18th of September 2018, humanitarian workers, who go into troubled spots to alleviate people’s suffering are some of the most courageous and selfless people on the planet. They are #NotATarget.— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) October 15, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/91Aafzoeyt— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) October 15, 2018
In memory of the murdered aid worker pic.twitter.com/44oko2z61S— Proshare Nigeria (@proshare) October 16, 2018
Boko Haram does not represent Muslims or Islam.— MUSTAPHA (@angry_ustaaz) October 15, 2018
May the souls of those killed Rest In Peace.
May anyone who has a hand in these senseless killings face the wrath of Allah right from dunia if they do not repent. Ameen. pic.twitter.com/bSeOKEWV5Q
The militants said in a video posted online last month that they would kill at least one hostage once a deadline due to elapse on Monday had passed.
The video had also referred to schoolgirl Leah Sharibu, 15, who was abducted in February from her school in the town of Dapchi. They said Leah was to remain a slave. She was the only girl who was held after government negotiated a release of schoolgirls kidnapped in Yobe State this year.
Three aid workers, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, Alice Loksha and Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, were working in the town of Rann when they were kidnapped by ISWA. Khorsa, an ICRC midwife, was killed in September.
Liman worked in a hospital supported by the ICRC and Loksha as a nurse in a centre supported by UNICEF.
“We are deeply pained by this killing, just like we were by the recent killing of the first aid worker. However, we will keep the negotiations open and continue to work to free the innocent women who remain in the custody of their abductors,” information minister Mohammed said in a statement.