Saraki condemns killing of Red Cross staff, demands rescue of Leah Sharibu.

The senate president, Bukola Saraki, has condemned the killing of Saifura Khorsa, a health worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), by Boko Haram terrorists.

Saifura was kidnapped about six months ago at the Rann camp for internally displaced persons by the terrorists.

The murder of the 25-year-old midwife came barely a month after Boko Haram released photos and audio recording of Khorsa and two other female aid workers begging the Nigerian government to quickly come to their rescue as their time of being safe in custody of the insurgents was running out.

The other two still in Boko Haram custody are Hauwa Liman and Alice Loksha.

President Muhammadu Buhari and other international organisations have condemned the act, describing it as heinous.

In a statement by his special adviser on media & publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said the killing of the aid worker represents a new low by Boko Haram insurgents.

He also called on the military to ensure that the other two Red Cross workers and Leah Sharibu, who are still in Boko Haram’s captivity, are released.

Sharibu is one of the over 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram in Dapchi, Yobe State, earlier in the year.

While all her other schoolmates who survived the kidnap have been released by the terrorists, Miss Sharibu was held back by the Boko Haram for allegedly refusing to denounce her Christian faith.

While extending his condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased, the senate president said he will continue to support the government to ensure that peace and security are restored in the North-east.

The United Nations, Amnesty International and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have also condemned the killing of the midwife.

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