What Global Agencies, Others Are Saying About Killing Of Hauwa Liman

The execution of a second aid worker has continued to attract widespread condemnation from individuals and organisations in the country and across the globe.

Here is what the Nigerian Government and others are saying about the murder of Hauwa Liman by Boko Haram terrorists:

The Secretary-General is appalled and strongly condemns the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria on Monday. The aid worker, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, had been held hostage since March 2018 and was killed by her captors.

The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ms Liman and expresses his solidarity with the President and staff of the ICRC. Those responsible for this killing must be brought to justice.

The 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.

– a statement by the United Nations


I join @antonioguterres to strongly condemn & convey our condolences following the killing of an aid worker – Hauwa Mohammed Liman – from the @ICRC in #Nigeria. The @UN calls for the immediate release of the remaining hostages.

– Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General

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The news of Hauwa’s death has broken our hearts. We appealed for mercy and an end to such senseless murders. How can it be that two female health care workers were killed back-to-back? Nothing can justify this.

Hauwa and Saifura’s deaths are not only a tragedy for their families, but they will also be felt by thousands of people in Rann and other conflict-affected areas of north-east Nigeria where accessing health care remains a challenge. We urge the group holding Alice and Leah to release them safely.

– Patricia Danzi, ICRC’s Regional Director for Africa


With yet another horrific killing of a humanitarian worker, Boko Haram has again demonstrated its brazen disregard for life. Hauwa Liman was providing desperately-needed humanitarian services to people affected by the conflict in the northeast of Nigeria. Her killing is a war crime. Under international humanitarian law, all aid workers must be protected from attack.

Boko Haram must immediately and unconditionally release the remaining health worker, Alice Loksha. As news of these grizzly killings emerges, the Nigerian authorities must re-double their efforts to rescue the hundreds of civilians still detained by Boko Haram – including 15-year-old Leah Sharibu, who was abducted from her school in Dapchi town, and the remaining Chibok girls.

All those responsible for war crimes and other human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria must be brought to justice in a fair trial.

– Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria

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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.

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 Federal Government of Nigeria


Today I spoke with Mohammed Liman, father of Hauwa, the ICRC midwife killed by Boko Haram. It is not the kind of telephone call anyone prays to make. The Federal Govt did everything possible to save Hauwa’s life; it is tragic & regrettable that all our efforts were unsuccessful.

Hauwa dedicated herself to serving the victims of Boko Haram’s insurgency, and it is extremely sad that her life ended the way it did, at the hands of the terrorists. I expressed our deepest condolences to her father, on behalf of the Government and all the people of Nigeria.

I also spoke with @PMaurerICRC, the President of the ICRC, to extend our condolences on the death of Hauwa. The ICRC has been doing a great job in Nigeria, providing healthcare services to people in the areas most affected by the insurgency. We salute their courage and service.

We fervently hope that these series of sad events, leading to the painful loss of their staff, will not discourage the ICRC from working in Nigeria. We hope that they will continue to offer their services, and not give up, in spite of what has happened.

I am reassuring everyone that the Fed Govt will continue to do all within our power to protect not just humanitarian workers, but also everyone working or living in the North East. I salute our military, who continue to fight and strive hard to permanently neutralize Boko Haram.

– President Muhammadu Buhari

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I join Nigerians and the international community in condemning the murder of Hauwa Leman- an aid worker with @ICRC, by Boko Haram.

As I said on the 18th of September 2018, humanitarian workers, who go into troubled spots to alleviate people’s suffering are some of the most courageous and selfless people on the planet. They are #NotATarget.

My colleagues and I in the Nigerian Senate remain committed to continuing working with our Armed Forces to find a lasting solution to these senseless killings by insurgents and improve our security infrastructure.

– Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate

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For years, Nigeria has waged war against insurgency in the North-East. This has taken a serious toll on our Human Development Index and aid workers, in their hundreds, moved into the region to alleviate the suffering of our people.

It is, therefore, extremely heartbreaking that in addition to not being able to put an end to the activities of terrorists, as a nation, we have also been unable to guarantee the safety of those who put their lives at risk to help our people.

The murder of Hauwa Liman, a nurse who dedicated her life to assisting our people, is painful to say the least. It is one death too many, especially considering an ultimatum was issued and those charged with the mandate of protecting lives were unable to secure her release.

We @HouseNGR have always worked with the Executive and security agencies to the full extent that the Constitution permits and we once more call on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to do everything necessary to ensure that these tragedies cease to occur.

Leah Sharibu and all others who remain in captivity must be brought to safety; a decisive end must be brought to security challenges in all parts of the country.

My deepest condolences go to Hauwa’s family, her colleagues and all those whose lives she touched.

– Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives

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We feel so bad and we are in doubt if she is dead or alive because we didn’t expect her to be killed so suddenly. In fact, we are in doubt because, unless we see her corpse or any evidence that shows she is dead, we still believe that she is living. She is living,” her father insisted with her mom and other women in the home breaking down in tears intermittently.

I appeal to the insurgents to release her because she is not a warring party. She is a humanitarian worker. She treats the young and the women and she is so helpful, even to them; not only to the whole society – even to them.

We appeal to the government, if she was dead at all, we want the corpse to be brought and we bury her. That will give us peace of mind. Otherwise, we will never forget such an incident in our lives.

– Mohammed Liman, father of late Hauwa


Up to this moment, my mind has not told me that my daughter is dead. Because if you see what happened, these people want money. Now after Buhari agreed that he’d give the money, why is the gap between when he gave his consent and when this incidence happened so close?

If a person wants money and they agreed to give him the money is he supposed to do this? Another thing is they (Hauwa and her colleagues) are humanitarian workers and are not supposed to be killed, and they are women. Why were they killed? And the ICRC had already pleaded with them to spare their staff and they even rendered them help as humanitarian workers.

If this truly happened, then it’s wrong. And, me, I strongly believe, that my daughter is not dead. The government should investigate; if this girl is still alive, they should just bring her back. I don’t need anything except my child. If they can try and confirm that my daughter is well and alive, they should bring her back; that’s all.

 – Iyakachi Liman, Hauwa’s mother

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