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Hauwa Liman: ‘Killings of humanitarians, affront to world order’

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency I in the Lagos State House of Assembly has described killings of humanitarian workers by insurgents as `affront to world order’.

Mr Braimoh, who is the Chairman, Assembly’s Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday while reacting to the murder of Hauwa Liman by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Ms Liman, an aid worker providing humanitarian services in the North East, was abducted by the insurgents in 2017.

“The mindless killings of humanitarian workers by the despicable and infamous Boko Haram miscreants are a new low in the annals of their barbaric savagery. Indeed, it is an affront to the world order.

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“With this singular overboard of the criminals masquerading as insurgents; it is now beyond any iota of doubt that the main objective of these anachronistic misfits was to return Nigeria to the Stone Age where might was right and where life was brutish, shortish and nasty.

“Even in the worst of wars that are fully blown; humanitarian workers are recognised and respected to give aids to the needy that might be inadvertently caught in the web.

“Never had there been such uncivilised, unbridled and unprincipled killing of that class of persons,’’ Mr Braimoh said.

The lawmaker said that the latest trend of Boko Haram attacks should leave no one in doubt of the group’s resolve to destroy the peace and progress of the country.

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“It is now patently clear and palpably manifest that the Boko Haram is leaving no stone unturned neither does it have any boundary to destroy the cohesion or even the existence of Nigerian state.

“It, therefore, behoves of the Commander in Chief and the high military commands to respond to this assault not just by merely defending or protecting the country but by unleashing the full wrath of war.

“The military must respond by ensuring all suppressive apparatus of recrimination is deployed to bring the pressure to bear on the irritants.

“The military must take the battle to them in a deliberate offensive calculated to wipe out the distasteful omen once and for all,’’ Mr Braimoh said.

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He added that “to every action there must be a reaction.’’

NAN reports that the insurgents are still threatening to execute some of their captives same way they slain another aid worker, Saifura Khorsa, recently.

The aid workers were abducted while providing humanitarian services in Borno.


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