The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the Federal Government to commence a process of dialoguing and reconciliation with the Boko Haram group and other stakeholders to put an end to the violence in the Northern part of the country.
NANS in a press statement signed by its president-elect, Comrade Dauda Mohammed and made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, said that it was concerned over the growing insecurity that is occasioned by the unabated attacks on innocent Nigerians.
“We are particularly concerned about the growing spate of insecurity that is occasioned by the several attacks on innocent citizens which has continued unabated. It is our opinion that the groups responsible for the various cases of violence in Nigeria have premised their action on certain demands
which we believe can be addressed as soon as the government engages them in dialogue.
“Our latest position is premised upon our observation that the use of force by the federal government to confront these issues have not in any way yielded any positive result hence our appeal for dialogue. This could also be traced to the current move by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to embark on consultation with these aggrieved groups in order to put a stop to the cases of violence in Nigeria”, the statement read.
The Association also appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to see reason in its persistent call for a National Dialogue on National Security as “the task of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians cannot be left in the hands of government alone but the responsibility of every Nigerian.