Nigeria First (Abuja)

9 February 2013

Nigeria: President Jonathan Condemns Killing of Kano Health Workers

Photo: Gates Foundation
A local health worker carries polio vaccines in Nigeria (file photo).

President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the dastardly terrorist attacks in Kano State on Friday which claimed the lives of health workers who were dutifully engaged in vaccinations to protect and save the lives of Nigerian children.

On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends commiserations to the families of the victims and the government and people of the state.

He assured the bereaved families that the loss of their loved ones will not be in vain as the Federal Government will ensure that the mission to totally eradicate polio from Nigeria in which they were patriotically engaged is carried out to a very successful conclusion.

President Jonathan further assured all Nigerians and the international community, especially international health organisations and Nigeria's development partners that the Federal Government will not be distracted from its objective of accelerating the reduction of maternal and child mortality in all parts of Nigeria by mindless acts of terrorism.

A statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, on Friday, February 8, said while the Government will continue to do everything possible to track down and apprehend agents of terrorism in the country, the President has directed that enhanced security measures be put in place immediately for health workers in high-risk areas.

The President prayed for the peaceful repose of the souls of the victims of today's attack.

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