NANS Seeks Closure of Schools in Northwest Over Rising Kidnappings

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for the immediate closure of schools in the northwest region following the spate of killings and kidnappings of students and innocent civilians.

The students body also called on Nigeria to pray fervently for the country said there was nothing to celebrate in the forthcoming June 12 Democracy Day .

NANS President,Sunday Asefon, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday during a chat with journalists, said it was sad that insecurity has assumed afrightening peak, where students can lo longer go to school with the guarantee that they would return home safely.

The NANS’ leader, said barely 24 hours after students of Greenfield University in Kaduna were released by their abductors, about 200 students of Islamiyya school were kidnapped in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, in a shocking and bizzare fashion.

He said the seemingly incessant and incurable kidnapping of students in the NorthWest and Northcentral calls for immediate and radical move to halt the gradual slide of the country into anarchy.

“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 government to order immediate, and temporary closure of all schools in the Northwest and Northcentral until adequate security is put in place “.

Asefon, who stated that while NANS regrets that the situation could degenerate to this abysmal point to warrant the demand , said he was left with no practical alternative than to ask for closure of schools.

Describing prayers as the pillar of success for any nation, NANS declares 11th and 12th June, as the national students’ day 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 evil doers.

“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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