The Federal Government has condemned the killing of another aid worker by a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
In a statement issued in London on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, described the killing as dastardly, inhuman and ungodly.
Shortly after TheCable reported the death of Hauwa Liman, the minister said nothing can justify the shedding of the blood of innocent people.
According to him, the government is shocked and saddened at the killing of the aid worker by the insurgents, despite the actions taken by the government and the widespread appeal to save the young woman.
“It is very unfortunate that it has come to this,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his special assistant, Segun Adeyemi.
“Before and after the deadline issued by her abductors, the Federal Government did everything any responsible government should do to save the aid worker.”
Mr Mohammed added, “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.”
The minister commiserated with the family of the slain aid worker, saying the government did all within its powers to save her life.
He also thanked all the friendly governments that have continued to work with Nigeria for the safe release of the abducted women, as well as the clerics across religious lines who have been pleading for their release.