The leadership of Nigerian students has vowed to call out its members to occupy the country if Federal Government fails to take measures to tackle insecurity in the country.
The Senate President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Chuks Innocent Okafor, said at a press conference in Awka on Tuesday. He said that his members would not sit and watch while the security situation in the country continued to deteriorate and Nigerian students kidnapped on their campuses and slaughtered.
Okafor lamented that his members had expected, “Government and leadership of Nigeria irrespective of political party to commence immediate proactive and pragmatic actions towards tackling the ugly trend in order to restore confidence of students in campuses and salvage the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria.”
He regretted that in the past few months, students “have witnessed deadly attacks and kidnapping of students across higher institutions in Nigeria and at least, not fewer than over 100 students have been kidnapped by bandits with a good number of others still missing.
“The ugly development has disrupted academic curriculum, these raging attacks have far-reaching impacts on the psychosocial lives of the students.
“We believe that if not checked, at the moment, our country will suffer untold difficulties.”
Since the government has failed to check the situation Okafor vowed that students would have no choice than to occupy government establishments, ranging from expressways, airports, National Assembly and the likes to force government to pay attention.
He listed losses suffered by students to include 40 students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, about five of whom have been killed; 29 students of National College of Forestry, Kaduna, and Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State.