Kwara NANS, National Association of Nigeria Students

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for immediate closure of all secondary schools in NorthWest and North-Central over incessant kidnapping of school children.

Comrade Sunday Asefon, NANS’ National President, lamented the growing level of abduction of students by bandits, adding that the association was left with no other alternative than to call for the temporal closure of northern schools.

Asefon who spoke in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Tuesday while addressing journalists, said that students across the 36 states of the federation will embark on a nationwide protest on June 12, against the deteriorating security situation in the country.

Asefon said that it was sad that the level of insecurity in Nigeria has degenerated to the worsening situation that students can no longer attend schools with the guarantee that they would return home safely.

He stated that Nigeria has nothing to celebrate on June 12 when students were being killed and kidnapped, adding that the Federal Government has failed Nigeria in the discharge of its constitutional mandates.

“Putting it in the right perspective, the Government and security apparatuses have failed us, we can no longer trust them. Government must convene a national dialogue where people can come with different ideas and proffer solutions to this insecurity issue.

“We are daunted by the endless news of kidnapping of students in their hundreds within the last two years. This development is not only unacceptable; it challenges the very fabrics of our national development, unity, cohesion and portends grave danger to our educational institutions.

“NANS under my leadership, having considered the continuous threats to the lives of our students and the lukewarm pace of security apparatuses to these nefarious crimes, we regrettably call on the government to order immediately, and temporary closure of all schools in the Northwest and Northcentral until adequate security is put in place.”

He declared 11th and 12th June, as the national students’ days of prayers for the repose of the students, who died in the hands of kidnappers and for the safe return of those still being held hostage by these evildoers.

“Prayers shall also be offered to God to give our leaders and security personnel the wherewithal and wisdom to win the fight against banditry.”

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