President Muhammadu Buhari spoke on Tuesday with Mohammed Liman, father of Hauwa Liman, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) midwife who was slain by Boko Haram terrorists.
In a telephone call, President Buhari commiserated with the family and assured Miss Liman’s father that the Nigerian government did everything possible to save his daughter’s life, expressing sadness that all the efforts turned out unsuccessful.
He also spoke with Peter Maurer, the President of the ICRC, extending condolences on the loss of the midwife.
One thing we noticed
A lot can change in a month. A whole lot.
Last month, when the first of the three kidnapped aid workers, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed, was killed, a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu released a statement. And that was it. President Buhari shockingly did not deem it fit to speak with the family of the girl who was killed while offering a vital service in a troubled region.
However within the past month, Nigeria has well and truly entered into full political campaign mode. Parties have now chosen their presidential candidates, and the 2019 election is looking a lot more tighter than previously envisaged.
Five days after Atiku Abubakar emerged as the PDP presidential candidate, a federal delegation went to Borno, where they finally met with the family of Saifura Ahmed, as well as the families of Leah Sharibu, the kidnapped Dapchi girl and the two other aid workers. The presidential delegation comprised of three ministers – Lai Mohammed (information), Khadija Ibrahim (foreign affairs – state), and Aisha Abubakar (women affairs).
And today, following the killing of Hauwa Liman, the president called her family to offer sympathies. What a difference a month makes!
What if the failure to reach out earlier was just an oversight and not because of politics? It would still be unacceptable.
Our hope is that the FG would do all it can to free the remaining abducted ladies so that a condolence call won’t even be necessary.