National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has expressed strong dissatisfaction in the way Nigeria government is handling insecurity in the country said “the menace has gone beyond tolerable levels”
This is expressed in a press statement signed by the Kwara state chairman of the association, Saleeman Yusuf Issah, AAT, to mark this year democracy day.
The statement read in part “Democracy day, as it is well known, marks the day the military handed over power to an elected civilian government in 1999, which in turn signified the beginning of the longest continuous civilian rule since Nigeria’s independence from Colonial rule in 1960. Consequently, I congratulate all Nigerians, students in particular, for having the privilege to witness again, this historical day”
“However, it is no gainsaying that Nigeria has turned to a pressure cooker of internal conflict and generalized violence which must be addressed urgently. This has to do with reenforcing localized systems and country-wide pattern of violence, many of which are seemingly spinning out of control”
“Recently, insecurity, banditry and kidnapping have been a major and prevailing challenges facing Nigeria. As such, there is a high level of crime throughout the country which include, but not limited to, armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom, home invasions, carjacking and violent assault; it is not that it has not been there before or that it would not be even in best times, but the truth is; it has gone beyond tolerable levels”
“In fact, in today’s Nigeria Education, matters of insecurity have become topical issues. Insecurity in tertiary institutions is a social problem that cannot be over-emphasized because of its far-reaching implications and dire consequences on education, the economy and society in general. It is an issue that should be seriously tackled as Nigerians endeavour to forge a strong, just, democratic and egalitarian society”
“Apparently, insecurity beggets danger as well as destruction. As such, it is high time we stepped on our toes and declare war against it, for it is bedeviling the growth and development of our dear country”
“We appreciate Kwara state government for deeming it fit to recruit young vibrant souls as community police officers. The recruitment will serve as helping hands to the Nigerian Police Force as a way to tighten securities in the rural areas. Also, we appreciate the Government of Kwara state for the vehicles recently donated to the security outlets in the state, this will help the securities to easily mobilize their officers to places of emergency. As such, we urge other state governors to emulate the patriotic move by the Government of Kwara”
“It is on this note we hereby call on our government -both state and federal level, to embark on finding solutions and ways to help us curb this ugly menace ravaging the entire country. They should try and breach the gap of security intelligence that exist between the various security agencies and ordinary citizens in the country, and at the same time provide ICT innovation that can be used to detect any form of security threats”
“To make our campuses free from crises and insecurities, we urge the Inspector General of Police to direct all Commissioner for Police to establish student-police relations committee”
“Moreover, it is important to note that if we are to enjoy peace and tranquility in this country, creating jobs, improving standard of living, enhancing the economy, and developing infrastructures by federal and state governments respectively should be prioritised utmostly”
Once again, Happy Democracy day.