The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has condemned the killing of four aid workers by insurgents in Borno State.
The announcement of the killing of the four aid workers was made by one of the International Humanitarian Organizations, Action Against Hunger, who provide relief and aid to Nigerians affected by the Humanitarian crisis in North-Eastern Nigeria.
They were abducted on July 26 in Mobbar LGA and have remained in captivity since then.
The minister in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media, Halima Oyelade, said that she received the news with great shock and sadness and her thoughts are with the families of the aid workers.
“I received with utter shock and great sadness the inhuman and tragic killing of four innocent aid workers in the North East by armed groups. My thoughts and deepest sympathy go to the families, friends, and colleagues of the deceased who have paid the ultimate price in service to humanity.” Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq described the killing as a great loss to Nigeria.
“The government and people of Nigeria recognise and appreciate the activities of local and international humanitarian organizations and their staff who in spite of the risks involved continue to work to provide food, health care, and necessary relief materials to victims of the conflict in the North East,” said the Honourable Minister. She further reassured Nigerians and humanitarian Actors in Nigeria that Government is committed to the safety of aid workers and Nigerians.
“The Federal Government is resolute and focussed on countering all forms of armed violence, insurgency, and conflict, while ensuring the safety and protection of aid workers, Nigerians and all those living in or visiting Nigeria” the Minister added, “I urge Nigerians and Humanitarian actors to remain calm in the face of these senseless and evil acts as our collective force of goodwill overcome the evil perpetrated by a few bad elements.”
The Honourable Minister encouraged humanitarian organizations, security operatives and the public to work together especially by sharing useful information that can aid the fight against terrorism and armed conflict.