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The National Association of University Students,NAUS has demanded from President Muhammadu Buhari lasting solutions to insecurity chanllenges bedeviling the country.
The highest decision making body for students studying in institutions of higher learning from the university cadre ,made this demand on Sunday , during a Press Conference held at Iwe- Irohin, Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.
NAUS President,Comr.Ijegalu Felix while addressing Journalists said ” it is also imperative for us to register our displeasure at the disturbing and incessant attacks on students of tertiary institutions in their various campuses across the nation by bandits, kidnappers and marauding criminal herdsmen.
‘It is most worrisome and unfortunate that in Nigeria today, hardly will a day go by without the news of an attack on our institutions of learning, with students, lecturers and other staff members being kidnapped or killed by suspected bandits or criminal herdsmen.
“This has not only put the lives of our students in danger, but it is also destroying our already crisis ridden educational sector.
“We hereby called on the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal government to find lasting solutions to the insecurity challenges in the country otherwise we maybe forced to take laws into our hands.
“We also called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, to immediately withdraw police personnel attached to VIPs across the country, with a view to redeploying them to our various institutions of learning to protect the lives of our students because of what use are the policemen to the VIPs if the lives of the students who are the future leaders of this country continue to be in danger.
“Our students now live in constant fear of being kidnapped or worst still, killed in our bid to be educated. We risk our lives daily to acquire education because the government has failed woefully in doing only one job which is protecting our lives”.
He charged both the Federal and the State governments to begin to take the protection of students across the country seriously, adding that full stop must be put to the mindless killings of students and the abduction of students for ransom.
Ijegalu,who harped on the need for Federal Government to quickly accede to ASUU demands further said
“We also want to use this opportunity to appeal to the Federal government to urgently address the demands of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to avert another imminent strike.
“It is appalling and most embarrassing that, lecturers have to go on strike for them to be taken serious by the Federal government. Most disappointing is that, after three months of suspending a nine-month old strike, the government has failed to fulfil some its promises made to the union.
“This government has once again shown its ineptitude and lack of sympathy to the plights of Nigerian students who have become puns in the game of power between the government and ASUU.
“We urged the government to show commitment to reviving the education sector by addressing some, if not all of the issues raised by ASUU.
“At this juncture, we want to commend the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for the good work his administration is doing in the State.
” Governor Abiodun has exhibited exceptional and purposeful leadership with his people’s oriented projects which are scattered across every nook and cranny of the State.
“During our short stay in the State, we observed that Ogun State have witnessed tremendous developmental strides in all the sectors and for this we hereby pass a vote on confidence on the Governor and we want to honour him with the award of the best performing Governor in Nigeria.
” It is our belief that, this gesture will further propel the Governor into more achievements and he will continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the entire people of Ogun State”