Thursday, July 21, 2011

Students call for immediate action in Borno

Students of Lagos Universities under the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Joint Campus Committee (JCC), have expressed their displeasure over the activities of the Boko Haram group and have called upon the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Borno State.

Ibrahim Bello, chairman NANS-JCC, Lagos axis while speaking to Nigeria newspapers recently said that the Boko Haram group is opposed to western education and wants to see Islamic law imposed across Nigeria. According to him, their recent acts will continue to serve as a clog in the wheel of our national progress.

“It is regrettable that the federal government of Nigeria can’t guarantee adequate security of lives and properties of Nigerians,” he said. “These unrelenting vagabonds known as Boko Haram under the disguise of Islam have acquired the dexterity common with international terrorism with the recent spate of sophisticated bombings across the country. This is a signal that some ‘worms’ are seriously eating deep into the fabrics of our dear country.” While recalling some of the recent activities of the Boko Haram group which has led to loss of lives and property, Mr Bello said that it is important that the federal government takes its responsibilities seriously.

“Recently, members of the group separately threw bombs into churches in Suleja, killing four persons and injured many others,” he said. “This group went as far as launching a bomb attack on the Police Headquarters last month in Abuja with threats to major public buildings such as the NNPC and NASS complex. Whatever shades or colours that this terrorist group might have been operating, it is high time the Federal Government started to take responsibility to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.” For Mr Bello, it is disheartening and unfortunate that the so-called Borno elders could come out saying they were not comfortable with the presence of the troops deployed in Borno thus, requesting for its withdrawal.

“Where were they, when this group who happened to be their sons were terrorising the whole country. We all own Nigeria and running of the affairs of Nigeria shouldn’t be seen as a family thing,” he said.

While commending the NYSC director general, for his planned massive redeployment of corps members serving in Borno State as a result of the current security challenges in the state, he reiterated the need for the declaration of a state of emergency in Borno in line with section 305 (c) of the 1999 constitution. “The breakdown of law and order and the insecurity in various parts of Nigeria, particularly the North eastern region, is far more precarious than the situation during the reign of Fayose and Joshua in Ekiti and Jos respectively between 2003 and 2007. It is in view of this, we call upon the federal government of Nigeria to keep aside personal ego and sentiment in the issue of national security.”

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