The federal government has revealed that it tried everything possible to avoid the death of aid worker, Hauwa Leman in the hands of Boko Haram.
News emerged yesterday that Leman, an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), had been executed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram.
A video seen by online news outfit, TheCable, showed that Leman was killed on Monday. She was forced to kneel down, with her hands tied inside a white hijab which has a crest symbol, and then shot at close range.
Describing her death as very unfortunate, minister of information, Lai Mohammed, said the government did “everything any responsible government should do” to save Leman and Saifura Ahmed, another aid worker that had been killed in similar circumstances.
Reacting via a statement, Mohammed said:
“It is very unfortunate that it has come to this. Before and after the deadline issued by her abductors, the federal government did everything any responsible government should do to save the aid worker,” the statement read.
“As we have been doing since these young women were abducted, we kept the line of negotiations open all through. In all the negotiations, we acted in the best interest of the women and the country as a whole.
“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 insurgents had threatened, on Sunday, to kill Leman by Monday.
Toafic Toure, ICRC operational communication delegate, Maiduguri sub-delegation, subsequently pleaded with the federal government to avert Leman’s killing as the Monday deadline approached.
The insurgents also threatened to enslave Leah Sharibu, the only Christian among the 110 girls abducted at the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, on February 19, 2018.