Iyakachi Liman in tears (image courtesy Channels TV)

The family of Hauwa Liman, the 24-year-old aid worker killed by Islamic State West Africa Province on Monday, have refused to believe she is dead.

The Nigerian government confirmed the killing of Hauwa, who worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), on Monday in a statement.

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But her father, Mohammed Liman, says it is hard to believe.

“We feel so bad and we are in doubt if she is dead or alive because we didn’t expect her to be killed so suddenly,” Liman told Channels Television at the family home in Maiduguri, Borno state.

He said that the family had expected the insurgents to give the federal government more time to meet their demands.

Hauwa Leman (image courtesy ICRC)

And despite the government and the ICRC’s condemnation of the act, her family remain in doubt.

“In fact, we are in doubt because, unless we see her corpse or any evidence that shows she is dead, we still believe that she is living. She is living,” he added.

Hauwa’s killing came on the back of the execution of another abducted Red Cross worker Saifura Khursa in September.

And in a telephone call, President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with her family, regretting that all the efforts to save her life turned out unsuccessful.

President Buhari spoke with Mohammed Liman by phone on Tuesday (file photo credit: State House)

”Today, I spoke with Mohammed Liman, father of Hauwa, the ICRC midwife killed by Boko Haram. It is not the kind of telephone call anyone prays to make. The federal Government did everything possible to save Hauwa’s life; it is tragic and regrettable that all our efforts were unsuccessful,” the Nigerian leader tweeted on Tuesday evening.

He appealed to the ICRC to continue their services in Nigeria, despite the adoption and killing of its workers in Nigeria’s northeast region.

Buhari, according to a statement issued by his media aide Garba Shehu, said that Nigeria would continue to do all it can to protect staff of the organisation and other aid workers.