By Hassan Zaggi
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has called on the Federal Government to do everything humanly possible to secure the release of a Nurse-Alice Loksha, who was abducted few weeks ago and is currently being held by the terrorist group. The President of NANNM, Abdulrafiu Adeniji, who made the appeal at a media briefing in Abuja, also called on the Federal Government to provide special protection to Nurses and Midwives and other health professionals working in crisis prune areas of the country.
NANNM however, said that it is pained by the abduction and brutal murder of a midwife, Saifura Hussain Ahmed and another health worker, Hauwa Liman, by the Boko Haram terrorist group, few days ago, Adeniji further regretted that nurses and other health workers have become victims of cross fire in different parts of the country.
He, however, called on nurses and midwives across the country to wear Black Bounds for three days as a mark of mourning of their colleagues and that they should embark on prayer and fasting “to ensure the safe return of all our members who are presently in horrible situations of captivity in different parts of the country.”
Expressing the frustration of nurses and midwives across the country over the abduction and killing of their colleagues in trouble areas, the NANNM President appealed to the federal government to immortalize health workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
“The spate of kidnapping, maiming, rapping, dehumanizing activities are becoming too much, unfortunately targeted at a group of innocent and peace loving, harbinger of comfort and those who work relentlessly to alleviate suffering and soothing frail nerves.
“The leadership of NANNM is concerned about the gruesome killings in terrorist ridden areas of North Eastern Nigeria, those who are victims of communal and civil wars even in the North West and North Central.
“Indeed, there seem to be no safe haven for Nigerian nurses where abduction and kidnapping are not rampant, assault, rapping and battery cannot be totally ruled out,” Adeniji lamented.
While regretting that many nurses and midwives have lost their lives in the line of duty in different parts of Nigeria in recent time, Adeniji therefore, called on the Federal Ministries of Health, defence and all other para-military forces to give priority attention to ensure the security of lives of all Nigerian nurses and other health workers across the country.
He called on the international community to intervene in the crisis in the north east and bring together the federal government and the terrorist group to a round table in order to resolve their disagreements so as to restore peace in the region. NANNM therefore, appealed to terrorist groups in Nigeria “to please consider the prayers of Nigerians and international community to have a rethink and end the abductions and brutal killings.”