News broke out late yesterday that the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, has executed Hauwa Liman, an aide worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The act has been widely condemned and many have criticized the government for not doing enough to protect aide workers
According to TheCable, the insurgents have also vowed to keep Dapchi schoogirl Leah Sharibu as a slave for life.
Liman’s killing was done spite of a last-minute passionate appeal by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) “to the Nigerian Government and to communities and individuals with influence to work toward the release of two committed medical workers abducted in north-eastern Nigeria earlier this year”.
According to news reports, she was forced to kneel down, with her hands tied inside a white hijab, and then shot at a close range.
In a short statement, ISWAP said: “We have kept our word exactly as we said, by killing another humanitarian worker, Hauwa Leman, who is working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that were abducted during a raid on a military facility in Rann, Kala Balge in March 2018.
“Saifura and Hauwa were killed because they are considered as Murtads (apostates) by the group because they were once Muslims that have abandoned their Islam, the moment they chose to work with the Red Cross, and for us, there is no difference between Red Cross and UNICEF.
“If we see them, we will kill the apostates among them, men or women, and chose to kill or keep the infidels as slaves, men or women.”
The 24-year-old nurse and student of Health Education at the University of Maiduguri was among the three aid workers abducted by the insurgents in an attack on a heavily-guarded military facility in the small town of Rann, Borno State on March 1, 2018.
Aside Liman, the insurgents also abducted Alice Loksha Ngaddah, a nurse and mother of two, and Saifura Husseini Ahmed, a midwife. They killed four soldiers and four policemen as well.
Ngaddah’s aged mother died unexpectedly in April as a result of the trauma of her daughter’s abduction, while Saifura was killed in September.
After killing Liman, ISWAP said Ngaddah, a Christian who works with UNICEF, will be kept as a slave, just like Leah Sharibu.
“From today, Sharibu and Ngaddah are now our slaves,” it said. “Based on our doctrines, it is now lawful for us to do whatever we want to do with them.”
See some of the reactions below:
This is Hauwa Liman. A few hours ago, Boko Haram executed her and stole her future. Her only crime was being a health worker who cared for Nigeria’s most vulnerable people in the North! I am here to bear witness to a life of service. We will not forget you. Rest Sister! pic.twitter.com/ELqN7wgA1K
— Temie Giwa-Tubosun (@temite) October 15, 2018
Hauwa Liman's tragic end is quite a traumatising story, for someone who put herself in harm's way to contribute to solving our humanitarian crisis. May her family find the strength to overcome this huge loss, this other betrayal of a citizen by the Nigerian state.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) October 15, 2018
The execution of Hauwa Liman by Boko Haram is an indictment on our government's inability to ensure the safety and security of it's citizens.
— Donald Duke (@Donald_Duke) October 15, 2018
We will be protesting to Aso Rock tomorrow morning over the killing of Hauwa Liman, the aid worker by Boko Haram.
Meeting Time: 9am
Venue: Unity Fountain, Abuja pic.twitter.com/1FYSKRTz53
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju🇳🇬 (@adeyanjudeji) October 15, 2018
Hauwa Liman's execution is heartbreaking, devastating, pathetic as hell. These people said they would kill her and they did it. It really happened. Government couldn't stop it.
We all failed her as a nation.
May Allaah accept her Shaahada. pic.twitter.com/wWqp0kcZLe
— Rabiu Jalo (@RabiuJalo1) October 16, 2018