The Federal Government on Monday spoke about the Monday killing of an International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, aid worker in the captivity of Boko Haram, Hauwa Liman.
Liman was killed on Monday by the terrorists group barely a day after the ICRC appealed to the Federal Government and people who might be useful in ensuring the release of Liman and Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi school girl remaining in captivity.
In its reaction to the killing, the Federal Government said it was unfortunate that the group took the action despite the efforts it had made to secure her release as well as others.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, explained that since the aid workers were kidnapped, the Federal Government had kept the line of negotiations open all through.
He said the government had acted in the best interest of the women and the country as a whole in the negotiations.
”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,” the minister said.
While stating that nothing could justify the killing, he thanked all those who had contributed to efforts aimed at securing the release of those held by the terrorists.
Hauwa Liman was kidnapped in March, 2018, when the terrorists attacked Rann in Borno State.
She was one of the aid workers on duty at the time.
She was captured along with Saifura Khorsa who was killed last month.
The terrorists group has also declared that Sharibu had become their slave and they could do anything they liked with her.