BY ESTHER MARK, UNIJOS
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the immediate clearing of terrorist camps in Plateau State to avoid further attacks.
The NANS President, Comrade Adakole Ochai, made the call at a Press briefing in Jos on the state of the nation, arising from the brutal killing of Senator Gyang Dantong and member, Plateau State House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani recently by unknown gunmen.
Comrade Ochai noted with dismay, the rate at which more villages were attacked with dozens killed in the very presence of soldiers who were sent to secure lives. According to him: “The fact that a serving senator was killed in broad day light shows the level of security lapse in the country.”
Ochai condemned the calls in some quarters for the imposition of state of emergency, while demanding that displaced communities should be fully resettled on their farmlands and given adequate protection.
“We are advocates of peaceful coexistence of all Nigerian citizens. We believe in citizenship rights. We, however, deplore and condemn in strong terms the culture of violence and terrorism imported into our dear country that is devastating most states in the north.”
The NANS president further said: “We call on all well meaning Nigerians to join us in saying no to terrorism; No to ethnic cleansing in Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas of Plateau State; No to forceful displacement of law abiding citizens from their native habitat.”
Also speaking, the Coordinator, NANS Zone C, Comrade Henry Pam, while calling on the Federal Government to prosecute all persons indicted by the judicial commission of enquiry on the Jos crisis, advocated for the amendment of the constitution to allow for establishment of state police to help states manage security challenges effectively.
In another development, the Joint Campus Committee, (JCC) of the University of Jos, has called on the National Assembly to uphold the integrity of the legislature as they were beginning to lose credence in the eyes of the public.
In a release signed by the Deputy chair, JCC, Ahmed Rufai, and Chief of Staff, NANS Zone C, Chinwuba Victor and made available to Quadlife, the JCC said scenarios where elected legislators were being indicted for bribery scam, did more harm than good to the nation.
According them, the indicted persons should try as much as possible to uphold the confidence and trust that was placed on them by the electorate by making sure the people whose names were listed in the ongoing fuel subsidy probe were brought to justice.
The Joint Campus Committee further called on the nation to adopt a holistic approach towards the fuel subsidy probe and give the benefit of doubt to those involved in the bribery scam, as the law says that anyone charged with a criminal offence is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty.