The House of Representatives has called on the executive to as a matter of urgency, commence further negotiation for the safe release of the women who are still being held captive by Boko Haram terrorists.
The lawmakers’ call comes in the wake of the killing of a Red Cross staff, Hauwa Liman, by a faction of Boko Haram.
During Tuesday’s plenary, a lawmaker from Imo State, Mr Chike Okafor, sponsored a motion on the urgent need to take steps to rescue the remaining captives from the custody of the insurgents.
Mr Okafor stated that the killing of Hauwa by the terrorists has led to a sad moment for them and the nation.
“It is painful to note that despite efforts by the Federal Government who opened a negotiation channel immediately and put all possible efforts on table to secure an agreeable bargain for the safe release of the abductees, unfortunately, Mr Speaker, the Boko Haram sect took a horrible path of executing these helpless and selfless voluntary health workers who gave their time on earth for the care and wellness of devastated Boko Haram victims,” he added.
Some lawmakers who also debated on the motion asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he is unable to tackle the security challenges facing the country.
In another resolution, the House urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts in collaborating with other nations to acquire advanced technology to tackle terrorism in the country.
The Islamist terrorists announced the killing of Hauwa on Monday, a day after the deadline they gave to the Federal Government expired.
Their action has been widely condemned by the Federal Government, opposition politicians and humanitarian organisations.