NANS declares day of national prayer and protest
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has declared June 12 as the day to protest the worsening insecurity in the country and the effect on students who fell victim to kidnapping and banditry.
The President of the association, Sunday Asefon stated this in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.
Asefon lamented the kidnap of over 200 students of Islamiyya School in the Rafi Council area of Niger State disclosing that NANS had relocated its national headquarters to the North Central State pending when the students would be released.
Speaking to journalists 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?”