The Federal Government said it was shocked and expressed sadness at the killing of another aide worker, Hauwa Leman, by Boko Haram imsirgents on Monday, despite what it described as “actions taken by the government and the widespread appeal to save the young woman”.
In a statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Monday, he described the killing as “dastardly, inhumane and ungodly”, saying nothing can justify the shedding of the blood of innocent people.
The minister commiserated with the family of the aid worker and said the Federal Government did all within its powers to save her life.
Mohammed said: “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.”
He thanked all the friendly governments that have continued to work with Nigeria for the safe release of the abducted women, and the clerics across religious lines who have been pleading for their