Boko Haram threatens to kill Leah Sharibu
Saifura Khorsa Husseini Ahmed, one of the midwives captured in in Rann, Kala-Balge on March 1st this year, has been executed by the Al Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram Islamic terrorist jihadi group.
Saifura, was kidnapped together with Hauwa Liman, midwife, and Alice Ngaddah a nurse all working with UNICEF and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The video, according to The Cable, showed Saifura, wearing a white hijab, and she was shot her in the back. The Islamists then threatened to execute the two other health workers, Hauwa Liman, midwife, and Alice Ngaddah, Nurse, as well as Leah Sharibu, the only Christian among 150 school girls abducted in February in Dapchi, Yobe State, Northeastern Nigeria, but was refused her freedom when 110 of the girls were released because she refused to renounce her faith.
In May and again in August, the health worker had pleaded with President Buhari to do whatever it takes to secure their release. They pleaded that the terrorist were sending “their last warning, that after this they will take action that will shock everyone. For the sake of God, for the sake of Allah, President Muhammadu Buhari come to our rescue and help us and vindicate us.” The tearful voice pleaded.
“Help us, we are three; a nurse and two midwives captured in Rann, Kalabalge on the 1st March, 2018, working with UNICEF and Red Cross organisations. The world powers, whatever you can do, come and help us. We are really vulnerable. We need your help. We need your help. Have mercy and help us.”
In a letter written written by the women in May, on a paper torn from a school notebook, released by the Jihadi sect, the women, stressed that they were “the Nurse/Midwives that were captured by Junudul Khalifa under Abu Musab Albarnawi… Our dear children, husbands, relations and the entire nation need us back home. To our able organisations, please hear our cry for mercy. We are really helpless and hopeless; please rescue us and vindicate us, our families need us back and the entire nation at large.”
In the execution video, one of the jihadist, giving reason for the execution, said, “We contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages but the government have ignored us. So, here is a message of blood.” The terrorist added. “The other nurse and midwife will be executed in similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu.”
ICRC is said to have confirmed Saifura’s identity a in a statement on Monday, Aleksandra Mosimann, spokesman of the organisation, said, “The International Committee of the Red Cross condemns in the strongest terms the tragic killing of its abducted colleague Saifura Khorsa. And appealed “to the armed group to immediately release a second ICRC midwife and another health care worker taken in north-eastern Nigeria in March.”
Eloi Fillion, head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja, said “Saifura moved to Rann to selflessly help those in need. Our thoughts are with her family and other loved ones at this incredibly difficult time. “At the time of their abduction, Saifura, as well as our colleague, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, and Alice Loksha, a nurse working in a UNICEF-supported centre, were providing essential antenatal care to communities in Rann, whose population has more than doubled after an influx of people fleeing violence.” Fillion urged “those still holding our colleague, Hauwa, and Alice: release these women. Like Saifura, they are not part of the fight. They are a midwife and a nurse. They are daughters, a wife, and a mother – women with families that depend on them,” Fillion said.
ICRC said it has been making every effort to secure the three healthcare workers’ release, since their abduction and will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that Liman and Loksha were released.
The United States Embassy in Nigeria, in a statement said, “We utterly condemn this heinous and inhuman act and stand in solidarity with the ICRC and all those who work in service with the Nigerian people.”
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari said, “The government of Nigeria strongly condemns this reprehensible and inhuman act. No religion permits the killing of the innocent.”
Hassan John is West Africa Editor GCN snd Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos