President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to declare bandits, who are kidnapping students in the northern part of the country, as terrorists.
According to NANS, anyone who kidnaps and kills students in large numbers should be declared a terrorist.
It was also resolved that the student body had a splinter group led by one Abdumajid Oyeniyi that was challenging the leadership of Sunday Asefon, the national president, recently.
In the interest of the over 41 million Nigerian students, Oyeniyi has reiterated his loyalty to the Asefon-led national body of NANS.
Asefon condemned the closure of some schools in some parts of the north due to the growing number of abductions of students in an interview with journalists yesterday in Ado Ekiti.
Asefon said NANS had met with an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi to discuss the worrisome situation, adding the Islamic scholar had been urged to tell the bandits to stay away from public schools.
The government should beef up security in schools, he said. Our belief is that students should be able to attend schools with the assurance that they will be protected.
“I have asked the federal government to declare these bandits who are abducting students in the northwest and north central as terrorists.”