- Aruna Kadiri, the national president of NANS, stated that the planned rally is to reassure people in the north and indeed the rest of the country, that Nigeria is united
- Kadiri called on the federal government to immediately engage all stakeholders to begin to find a lasting solution to the various sectional agitations currently rocking the nation
- The student leader urged all progressive Nigerians to join the fight for Nigeria’s unity, noting that the nation was already in a state of emergency
As the October 1 deadline given to Igbos to vacate the north approaches, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has vowed to mobilize over 5,000 students and 60 affiliate associations across the country to occupy Kaduna state from September 30 to October 3, reports state.
This development was made known by Aruna Kadiri, the national president of the association, during a press conference tagged: “On the unity of Nigeria we stand”, which was convened on Sunday, July 9.
NAIJ.com notes that Kadiri said the mass action will be held to counter the June 16 quit notice given to Igbos living in the north, by the Coalition of Northern Youths.
Kadiri stated: “Concerning the June 16, 2017 so-called Kaduna Declaration, NANS wishes to assure all Nigerians living anywhere in Nigeria that there should be no reason to fear or panic.
“Whereas we are on the alert and ready to protect the Nigerian state, we call on the security agencies to do their work effectively and to justify the huge tax that Nigerians pay for security votes.
“It is to this effect that NANS shall be occupying the great city of Kaduna on a peace and unity rally starting from September 30 to October 3, 2017, as part of our efforts to demonstrate the oneness of Nigeria.
“The peace and unity rally is to reassure people in the North and, indeed, the country, that the country is united. And it is our intention to occupy the psyche of the country with our message of peace and unity.
“While we are doing this, we need to call on the federal government to immediately engage all stakeholders to begin to find a lasting solution to these issues and douse the tension in the country, in between all these agitations, there must be a solution which will keep Nigeria united, just and equitable.
“This is the stance of NANS. We must begin to engage.
“It is very urgent because we are already in a state of emergency where youth corps members look for the nearest opportunity to redeploy on security grounds, thereby defeating the nationalist idea of NYSC, and plunging the nation into national panic.
“Hence, we say, the Nigerian house must not crumble. The signs are ominous and all progressive Nigerians must join in the fight for a united and equitable Niigeria.
“Today, we have resolved vehemently and consciously to address the nation and traditionally give them direction.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Prof. Abdulhameed Ujo called on Nigerians to unite against the quit notice issued to Igbos to vacate the north, by Arewa youths.
The don at the department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Abuja, said the various groups issuing quit notice were enemies of the country.
He noted that no reasons have been given for the quit notice and it was therefore not in the interest of the country.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video about the quit notice issued to Igbos: