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.
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.
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, described Hussaini’s murder as a cowardly, heinous and despicable act. Kallon said that 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.
The Director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho in their own statement described the aid worker’s murder as a horrific act.
The international human rights group said Boko Haram has once again proven its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life which must not go unpunished.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its statement described it as the “tragic killing” of its colleague Hussaini. The agency also appealed to the armed group to immediately release the second ICRC midwife and another health-care worker who was also abducted in March.
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.