The United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has condemned the killing of five aid workers by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno.
Kallon, in a statement released in Maiduguri, said he was utterly shocked and horrified by the gruesome killing of some of his colleagues and partners by non-state armed groups in Borno State.
He said the victims were committed humanitarians who devoted their lives to helping vulnerable people and communities in an area heavily affected by violence.
Kallon said that all aid workers and the assistance they provide to the most vulnerable populations made the difference between life and death for entire communities.
According to him, nearly eight million people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance in north-east Nigeria at the beginning of the year and today, 10.6 million people need urgent support as conflict-affected states battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kallon said that the incident would not deter the international community from providing aid to millions of Nigerians who desperately needed assistance in the north-east.
However, president Buhari, in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that his government will continue to do all it can to ensure that every remaining vestige of Boko Haram is wiped out completely from north-eastern Nigeria and that the perpetrators of this atrocity face the law