Lagos — It is with horror and deep sadness that I learnt last night that International Committee of the Red Cross aid worker Hauwa Leman has been murdered.
Hauwa was kidnapped in March this year along with two other medical workers in Rann, Borne State, Nigeria.
Last month, one of those workers, a 25-year-old midwife named Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, was also killed - a matter of critical and crucial health worker security which I raised for urgent attention, accountability and action at the United Nations General Assembly.
All three were working to help those in need.
As we struggle to come to terms with this stark reminder of the threat to life and liberty faced by midwives, nurses and health-care workers who selflessly work for the health and wellbeing of others, the safe rescue, release and return of Alice Loksha, Leah Sharibu, the number of still missing Chibok Girls and all victims of forced disappearances must be an absolute priority.
I pray for Hauwa, Saifura, Alice and Leah. I pray for their families. I pray forall those who have been taken and murdered.
I pray for Nigeria.
They are Not a Target.