The National Association of Nigerian Students has shown their dissatisfaction over the incessant killings and destruction of properties ongoing in the country.
In a statement issued by its national president, Sunday Asefon, on Tuesday, the student association said it will troop out en masse come June 12 to protest over the disturbing occurrences.
It can be recalled that June 12 was meant to be Nigeria’s Democracy Day in commemoration of late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
However, lamenting the state of the nation, Asefon, who bemoaned the kidnap of over 200 students of Islamiyya School in the Rafi Council area of Niger State, said NANS had relocated its national headquarters to the North Central State pending when the students would be released.
“Nigerians have to come together to see what can be done on the issue of insecurity”, he said.
While speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti today, the NANS president unveiled the students’ body’s national plan to ensure they played their part in ensuring a safer school, including the declaration of days for prayer and protest.
He said, “I hereby declare 11th June as the national students’ day of prayers. Prayers shall be offered for the repose of our students who have died in the hands of kidnappers. Prayers shall be held for the safe return of our students who are still with their kidnappers.
“I hereby declare June 12, 2021, as the National Day of Peaceful Protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity in our schools, campuses and also announce a proactive measure or strategy towards ensuring safer schools.”
Responding to a question on the choice of Democracy Day (June 12) for students’ protest, he said: “What are we celebrating as democracy when many of our students are in kidnappers’ den?
“What are we celebrating when people are not at peace, when insecurity is threatening our existence when killings and banditry are the order of the day? Democracy is about people, but what are we celebrating as democracy day when the people are being killed?”