By John Ndu
Awka, May 9, 2021 (MOI) Following incessant kidnappings and killings of students in some parts of Nigeria by bandits and terrorist groups, the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is demanding that the leadership of the country come together to resolve rising insecurity in the country.
The students’ body has threatened to shut down all federal highways, the National Assembly complex and Airport terminals should the country fail to rescue the remaining students kidnapped in Kaduna State and other life threatening challenges that the students are facing in different parts of the country.
The President of NANS, Mr Chuks Okafor, said this in a Communiqué issued shortly after addressing Journalists at the NUJ Press Centre, Awka on security situation in the country, especially on lives of Nigerian students.
According to the communiqué, these attacks have taken place in Greenfield University, Kaduna State with no fewer than 40 students kidnapped and five of them murdered.
“National College of Forestry, Kaduna, where no fewer than 29 students were kidnapped and the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State to mention but a few.
“In the East, there have been recurring issues of killings of young students by suspected cult groups and herders have also taken a new dimension with growing threats to peace and a conducive learning environment that we have enjoyed over the years.
“Few weeks ago, the Anambra State Capital, Awka, witnessed what could be simply referred to as “battle ground” by suspected rival cult groups which claimed the lives of many leaders of tomorrow.
“Just recently, the students of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University took to their heels over an attack by hoodlums within the `off-campus’ residence of the students.
“It is regrettable that in the past few months, we have witnessed deadly attacks and kidnapping of students across higher institutions in Nigeria and at least, no fewer than 100 students have been kidnapped by bandits with a good number of others still missing.
“This ugly development has disrupted academic learning in most of the institutions under attacks.
“Beyond the disruption of the academic curriculum, these raging attacks have a far-reaching impact on the psycho-social lives of the students.
“More critical is the fact that we are getting into another election year in Nigeria with one coming up in Anambra State this Nov. 6.
“With growing threats of insecurity, the Nigerian Students are worried over the fact that most polling units are located in campuses and we are also concerned about the safety of our colleagues and success of the elections in these polling units.
“We call on the government and leaders of the country, irrespective of political parties to commence immediate proactive and pragmatic actions toward this development in order to restore confidence of students and salvage the deteriorating security situation.
“We believe that if not checked at the moment, our country will suffer untold difficulties posed by the leadership of the Nigerian Students.
“Security of life and welfare of the people are the primary responsibilities of the government and as a result, we humbly appeal to our President Muhammadu Buhari to step up and come to the rescue of the Nigerian students and the Nigerian society at large.
“Our country is asymmetrically navigating into `statelessness’ where life is nasty, brutish and short. “We hope and pray that concerted efforts are taken by Nigeria to come out of these challenges stronger and better,’’ the communiqué said. (MOI)