MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has decried the execution of aid workers by insurgents whom he described as heroes that were gruesomely killed in the course of serving humanity.
Spokesman to the Governor, Malam Isa Gusau, stated in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in Maiduguri.
Gusau in the statement added that the Governor was informed of the execution on Wednesday, while at headquarters of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), in Abuja seeking collaboration with the organization for a volunteer programme and deployment of more agro rangers to the State.
The insurgents had released a video which showed five blindfolded aid workers with four of them shot at close range, while one was spared even though he was also positioned for execution.
The five aid workers were abducted weeks back during a humanitarian mission to support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is deeply pained and extremely worried by the gruesome execution of the aid workers who lost their lives while trying to save IDPs through humanitarian activities.
“The Governor mourns this heroes and shares in the grief of the bereaved families and employers: Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Action Against Hunger, Reach International, International Rescue Committee, and condoled with the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (UNOCHA),” the statement read.
The statement noted that Zulum had in his absence, directed a Government delegation to immediately visit the bereaved families of the aid workers, participate in the funeral rites and also pay condolence visits to affected humanitarian partners through UNOCHA.
The statement also added that the Governor called for fresh ideas to get out of the menace.
“Governor Zulum wants a new thinking that would hopefully stop these endless killings. We cannot continue to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.
“The Governor believes in a combination of kinetic and non-kinetic approaches and he is of the position that the Nigerian military has, through its operation ‘Safe Corridor’, demonstrated its willingness to rehabilitate and reintegrate insurgents willing to stop the killings of fellow humans.
“The Governor reiterates his call on the insurgents to stop the killings that have been on for 11 years. Zulum also urged all stakeholders to renew commitment to ending the insurgency by being open to new ideas and applying different measures that will hasten good results.”