National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has declared June 12, 2021, as the National Day of Peaceful Protest over incessant insecurity in the country.
NANS President, Sunday Asefon made this known to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Tuesday.
He lamented the worsening insecurity in the country and the ripple effects on students who fell victim to kidnapping and banditry.
According to him, the country has nothing to celebrate to mark June 12 Democracy Day when students were being killed and kidnapped by bandits.
Asefon said it saddens that insecurity has reached a frightening peak, where students can no longer go to school with the guarantee that they would return home safely.
Asefon, who bemoaned the kidnap of over 200 students of Islamiyya School in 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, adding, “Nigerians have to come together to see what can be done on the issue of insecurity”.
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.”
Asefon, while responding to a question on the choice of Democracy Day (June 12) for students’ protest, queried, “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?”
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