UN chief wants Boko Haram face court over murder of red cross nurse

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Photo : Twitter @antonioguterres

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, has called for the trial of the armed Islamist extremists in Nigeria who killed the International Committee of the Red Cross nurse.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman, 24, was kidnapped by Boko Haram in March 2018 along with two other aid workers during an attack by Boko Haram fighters on a military compound in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state where Hauwa had been working at a nearby hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

ICRC officials on Tuesday confirmed the killing which the group called “a despicable act of cruelty.”

A statement by the spokesman for the U.N. Secretary-General expresses his concern for the safety and well-being of the remaining hostages and calls for their immediate release.

The Secretary-General emphasizes that all parties to the conflict must protect aid workers who provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to the millions of people in need in north-east Nigeria.

Mr. Guterres strongly condemned the killing of Ms. Limanan and expressed his deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the slain aid worker and pledged his solidarity with the President and staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

In a tweet, Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari said his government “did everything possible” to try to save Liman, adding “it is tragic and regrettable that all our efforts were unsuccessful.”

Liman is the second aid worker to have been killed by Boko Haram recently. Saifura Hussaini Khorsa, another aid worker who was kidnapped in the same raid, was executed in September 2018.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been fighting the international community in Nigeria for adopting western educational system and vowed to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria and officialise the Sharia law.

© Bur-csa – N.A – A.H / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)