Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum has expressed shock and sadness over the killing of five aid workers by Boko Haram insurgents.
The governor also expressed his disappointment in a statement released on by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategies, Malam Isa Gusau, on Thursday in Maiduguri.
Zulum said the aid workers were heroes who had met an untimely, unfavorable death, and commiserated with their families, while praying for strength to bear the fortitude.
“The insurgents 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).
“Gov. 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 these heroes and shares the grief of their families and employers: Borno Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Action Against Hunger, Reach International, International Rescue Committee, and condoles with the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (UNOCHA).
Gov. 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.”
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