Following the abduction of about 200 students in Islamiyya school in Rafi LGA of Niger State, it has been reported that the President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Sunday Asefon, has declared June 12, 2021 as a National Day of Peaceful Protest.
According to reports, he expressed grief over the worsening insecurity in the country and the disastrous effects on students who fell victim to kidnapping and banditry at will, while speaking to journalists in Ado Ekiti.
Asefon stated that, “Nigerians have to come together to see what can be done on the issue of insecurity”.
He disclosed that, “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.”
Asefon made it known that he purposely declared Democracy Day (June 12) for students’ protest.
He probed that, “What are we celebrating as democracy when many of our students are in kidnappers’ den?”
He questioned that, “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?”