The National Association of Nigerian Students has sought the assistance of Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, to help secure the release of hundreds of abducted students all over the country.
NANS President, Sunday Asefon, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
He said, “I led the leadership of NANS to meet with Sheik Ahmed Gumi in Kaduna yesterday (Sunday). Our discussion centred on actions and efforts to ensure the safety and security of Nigerian students on all campuses and the release of innocent students in the captivity of their abductors.
“We extracted commitment on continuous dialogue for the release of students in captivity and all-round efforts to ensure schools become safer so that our students can be free from the fear and trauma of kidnapping.
“We must leave no stone unturned until our schools are free again. We will continue to engage and dialogue with stakeholders to ensure school safety.”
Gumi has been urging the federal government to negotiate with bandits, and also to grant them amnesty. Nigerians have been calling for his arrest, due to the link he has with the murderous bandits.
Armed bandits had recently abducted over 200 pupils from an Islamiyya school located at Tegina in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
Bandits had also abducted scores of students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka; as well as Greenfield University, both in Kaduna State. While some of the students were released after millions of ransom were paid, some students didn’t make it out alive.
Kidnapping has become a lucrative business in Northwest Nigeria, amid worsening insecurity.