The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned in totality the barbaric killing of 96 persons and razing of 221 houses in Plateau on Dec. 24, being Christmas eve.

The President of NANS, Comrade Pedro Obi, in a statement in Enugu on Wednesday, said that the colossal killings and destruction had left a trail of sorrow, devastation and anguish in its wake.

According to Obi, NANS expresses its deepest condolences to the families and communities affected by the gruesome and heart-wrenching incidents that occurred on the Black Christmas Eve in Plateau State. “The heinous attacks, characterized by wanton destruction and loss of innocent lives, are an affront to humanity and a stark reminder of the urgent need for stronger security measures to safeguard Nigerians. “NANS calls on the relevant authorities to take swift and decisive action to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice. “It is disheartening that such acts of violence continue to occur, despite the efforts of the government and security agencies to maintain peace and security in the country.

“NANS implores the Federal Government to intensify its efforts in ensuring the safety and protection of all Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or geographical location,” he said. Obi explained that the lives lost in these attacks are not mere statistics; they represented sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who had dreams, aspirations and hopes for a better future.

He noted that NANS stands in solidarity with the affected communities, offering our unreserved support and prayers during this difficult time. “NANS also calls on the Federal Government to consider the long-term consequences of such attacks on the affected communities. “It is imperative that appropriate measures are taken to provide necessary relief and support to the victims, including the provision of humanitarian aid and rebuilding of destroyed homes as well as access to medical care and counseling services. “NANS appeals to the Federal Government to enhance collaboration with regional and international partners in intelligence sharing, capacity building, and the implementation of effective strategies to combat terrorism, banditry and other forms of criminal activities. “It is vital that we unite as a nation to tackle these security challenges and protect the lives and properties of all Nigerians,” he said.

The NANS leader urged citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to appropriate authorities, adding: “We must work together to create a society where peace and harmony prevail, and where every Nigerian can live without fear”. He said that NANS was reiterating its call for justice for the victims and a comprehensive review of security strategies across the country. “We stand united in our resolve to ensure that such acts of violence become a thing of the past and that Nigerians can once again feel safe and secure in their homeland,” he added.

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