Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has condemned the attack on United Nations aid workers by insurgents in Borno.
A statement issued on Saturday in Abuja by Dogara’s spokesman, Mr. Turaki Hassan, described the attack as barbaric and inhuman.
The attack occurred while a UNICEF humanitarian convoy travelled from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno on aid mission to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Dogara, who, said the attack was regrettable, called on security agencies to further intensify efforts to safeguard the region.
He also said that although gains had been recorded in the fight against terrorism in the North East, such attacks needed to be curtailed for the region to record any meaningful development.
“This dastardly attack on aid workers further proves that these terrorists are totally inhuman and have no regard for life.
“There are severe cases of malnutrition and many IDPs are in need of healthcare services and food.
“The suspension of aid services prompted by this attack will only worsens the situation as those already in needs will be further deprived.
“It is imperative that our security agencies step up their operations and finally consign these attacks by insurgents to the past.
“The North-East is in dire need of all the help it can get and without adequate security, this help will not be forthcoming,’’ the Speaker said.
He also thanked the United Nations for their assistance and support so far, saying “we appreciate the efforts of all aid agencies in comforting and caring for our people in the North-East.”
While regretting that aid personnel were attacked in the region, Dogara expressed hope that aid activities will resume soon.