Reps urge FG to quicken negotiation for release of Leah Sharibu, aid worker  

Leah Sharibu

 

 

By Kemi Yesufu

 

 

The House of Representatives has condemned the killing of a female aid worker Huawa Mohammed Liman by Islamic State-allied Boko Haram jihadists.

 

This is as the House called on the Federal Government as a matter of urgency to commence further negotiation for the safe release of the remaining abductees.

 

The lawmakers stressed the need for government to expedite action towards  acquiring advanced technology for intelligence gathering as well as satellite full imagery devices that can help in the fight against terrorism.

 

The Green Chamber during plenary on Tuesday equally urged development partners not to relent in providing aid for victims and IDPs.

Rep. Chike Okafor

The resolution of the House was subsequent to a motion entitled: “The  Tragic Execution of  Voluntary Health Workers, Saifura Khorsa and Hauwa Liman by Boko Haram Sect and the Urgent Need to Rescue the Remaining Health Worker, Alice Loksha in captivity”,  sponsored by Rep. Chike Okafor (APC, Imo).

 

In his lead debate,  Okafor expressed worry that despite the negotiation initiated by the Federal Government for the safe release of the abductees, the Boko Haram sect resorted to the execution of two of their captives.

 

” The remaining abductee, Alice Loksha, together with Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped in February 19, 2018 alongside dozens of her schoolmates in Dapchi, Yobe State, are still under captivity as the sect threatened to use them as slaves”, Okafor explained.

 

Speaking on the motion, Rep.  Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) and Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta) called on the Federal Government to adopt a more effective way of fighting insecurity.

 

According to Chinda, the present administration has failed woefully.

 

“We should stop playing politics with the issue of insecurity. We must be proactive in dealing with this incidents. Mr. President should resign having failed to provide security for the country”, he opined.

 

Three female health workers were kidnapped during a Boko Haram raid on the remote town of Rann, in Borno state, on March 1 that killed three other aid workers and eight Nigerian soldiers.

Two of the kidnapped women, Hauwa Liman and Saifura Khorsa, worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, while the third, Alice Loksha, worked for the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

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