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NANS demands immediate action by FG on insecurity

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The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS on Tuesday called on the President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration to urgently address the growing insecurity in the country, particularly attacks and kidnappings of students and school children. 

NANS senate president, Chuks Okafor, who stated this in Awka, the Anambra state capital, regretted that over 100 students had been kidnapped in deadly attacks across nation’s higher institutions with many of them still missing.

He feared that the situation would soon overwhelm the country, if urgent steps were not taken by the government.

He said: “It has become exigent that Nigerian students add their voice towards this sad development that is gradually gaining momentum. Nigeria, as we speak, is at crossroads. The unbearable happenchance is the fact there will be signals that an attack will happen, it will happen, and nothing will happen.

“Today, the leadership of Nigerian students has risen in unity to demand that our leaders and leadership of Nigeria, irrespective of political affiliation, should come together to solve the rising insecurity in Nigeria, especially Nigerian universities.

“Attacks have taken place in Greenfield University, Kaduna, where over 40 students were kidnapped, and about five killed. At the National College of Forestry, Kaduna, 29 students were kidnapped; and at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, similar thing happened.

“In the Southeast, the ravaging issue of incessant killing of young students by suspected rival cult groups and herders has also taken a new dimension, with growing threats to peace and conducive learning environment. 

“Recently, Awka, Anambra State capital, was turned to battle ground by suspected cult groups, which claimed lives of many leaders of tomorrow. Recently too, students of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Anambra State, abandoned their studies, and took to their heels because of attacks by hoodlums within the off campus residence of the students, in which about 9 persons were killed.

“This ugly development has disrupted academic learning in most of the institutions that were attacked. Beyond disruption of academic calendar, these ragging attacks have far-reaching impacts on the psycho-social lives of the students. 

“We know that the security of lives and welfare of the people are the responsibilities of the government. We, therefore, appeal to our president, Mohammadu Buhari, to come to the rescue of Nigerian students and the Nigerian society at large. Our country is asymmetrically navigating into stateless society where life is nasty, brutish and short.

“Again, Nigeria is getting into another election year, with Anambra governorship election coming up November 6, 2021. With the growing threats of insecurity, the Nigerian students are worried over the fact that most pooling units are located within the campuses, and we are further concerned over the safety of our students, and the success of the elections in these pooling units within the campuses.”

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