Nigerian president condemns killing of health workers

Nigerian president condemns killing of health workers
# 09 February 2013 19:57 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the dastardly terrorist attacks in northwest Kano State that claimed nine lives of health workers who were dutifully engaged in vaccinations to protect and save the lives of Nigerian children, APA reports.

In a statement reaching Xinhua on Saturday, President Jonathan commiserated with the families of the victims, assuring them that the loss of their loved ones will not be in vain as the Federal Government will ensure that the mission to totally eradicate polio from Nigeria in which they were patriotically engaged is carried out to a very successful conclusion.

President Jonathan assures all Nigerians and the international community, especially international health organizations and Nigeria's development partners that the Federal Government will not be distracted from its objective of accelerating the reduction of maternal and child mortality in all parts of Nigeria by mindless acts of terrorism.

While the government will continue to do everything possible to track down and apprehend agents of terrorism in the country, the President has directed that enhanced security measures be put in place immediately for health workers in high-risk areas.

Kano state police spokesperson Musa Majia told Xinhua that the gunmen, who came on tricycles, shot dead three women in the Fijin Kashu area of the state and injured three others.

Another group of gunmen attacked the Hayen Hotoro health center, killing six other women working as anti-polio vaccination in the northern state.

Commissioner for Health in Kano State Abubakar Labaran also confirmed the killing to Xinhua and expressed regret over the incident.

"It is sad that the gunmen attacked people working for the progress of the state," he said.

The raid on Friday morning was the second this month, after unidentified attackers targeted a police division in Kano State, killing a police sergeant and another person.

Last month, the state government banned motorcycles, following an attack on the convoy of the prominent northern leader, the Emir of Kano Ado Bayero. At least four people were killed in the assault.

Kano State has witnessed waves of violence often claimed by the militant sect of Boko Haram.

Thousands of people have been killed in northern and central parts of Nigeria since the sect launched insurgency in 2009.