President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the killing of about nine health workers who were engaged in vaccinations against Polio in Kano on Friday.
At least nine women who were vaccinating children against polio were shot dead in Kano by gunmen suspected of belonging to a radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
President Jonathan according to his media aide, Dr Ruben Abati described the incident as a dastardly terrorist attacks which claimed lives of health workers who were dutifully engaged in vaccinations to protect and save the lives of Nigerian children.
President Jonathan was said to have since 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 further assures all Nigerians and the international community, especially international health organisations 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.
“He prays for the peaceful repose of the souls of the victims of today’s attack.”
On Friday morning Gunmen were reported to have arrived by motor tricycle and opened fire in the Hotoro Hayi neighbourhood on Friday morning, killing at least eight female vaccinators, while four people were killed in a second attack, in the Unguwa Uku neighbourhood.
Kano police spokesman, Musa Magaji Majia, confirmed that the attacks killed nine women.