President Muhammadu Buhari, the United Nations, Amnesty International and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have condemned the killing of a midwife, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa by Boko Haram.
Khorsa was kidnapped at an Internally Displaced Persons camp by Boko Haram terrorists about six months ago in Borno State.
In a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu on Monday, the President described the act as heinous and despicable. He also called for the assistance of Nigeria’s international partners to stop the acts of barbarism.
The statement further disclosed that the terrorists have equally threatened to harm others, including the lone Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, still in their custody.
President Buhari, however, gave the assurance that his administration will seize every given opportunity to bring home all citizens held against their will by the terrorists.
The humanitarian groups in their statements on Monday called for justice and urged the Federal Government to protect aid workers and Nigerians generally from attacks by insurgents.
According to the United Nations, the incident demonstrates the severe challenges that Nigeria continues to face, but will not deter the international community from providing aid to millions of Nigerians caught up in the conflict in the north-east.
Three health workers Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, Hauwa Liman and Alice Loksha were abducted in March when Boko Haram fighters attacked Rann in northeast Nigeria. The head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja, Eloi Fillion appealed to the armed group to immediately release the other two health workers.