BEING THE TEXT OF OPENING REMARK DELIVERED BY COMR SUNDAY ASEFON, THE REVOLUTIONARY NANS PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF NANS NATIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT HELD AT MERIT HOUSE, MAITAMA ABUJA.
Gentlemen of the Press and of Course the Greatest Nigerian Students.
It’s with great pleasure, I welcome you all to this all important summit, coming on the heels of ravaging insecurity in our land which threatens our peaceful coexistence as well our education accessibility and Development.
Kindly permit me to call on all here present to please rise to observe a minute silence in honor of our 5 fellow Nigerian students of Sada’tu Rimi College Of Education, kumbosho , Kano state who lost their precious lives in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Katsina for an official function .
May their souls rest in perfect peace. (Amen)
I am sincerely humbled to stand here before you, this morning, but not without expressing gratitude to the Almighty God, and all of you who have made it a duty to be here today to associate with us, in this patriotic move towards collectively effort in addressing a common challenge that threatens our individual survival and that of our great nation unity.
Today, insecurity has a become national challenge that threatens our collective aspiration as Nigerians. This informed our gathering here this day to discuss, dissect and find a way forward to this menace at this crucial National Security Summit featuring security experts, political, religion and traditional leaders and of essence the young Nigerians, the youth and students who remain the vehicle of change and transformation .
I also want to say a special thank you to all our leaders and my dear colleagues from various institutions across the country, who have made it here to participate and grace this occasion.
Calling for this crucial summit underscores our realization, that the time has come, that we all ensure all hands on desk to combat this Security challenges, the business of security is no longer the sole responsibility of government but that of all citizens which all as organizations and individuals, must be part of henceforth.
There is no doubt that government at various levels have made several frantic efforts at addressing the prevailing insecurities in our land, especially as it is now affecting our educational system in an alarming manner.
That Summit is important to us because we want to collectively discuss the several security challenges in our country and how we can consolidate on the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, towards finding a lasting solution.
This very important security summit is an integral part of our on-going engagements with critical stakeholders on the state of security and its effect on our nation socio-economic Strive and most prominent our educational system which is badly affected. It is also crucial, that if this is not addressed, youth, student and education Development for national growth, advancement and development may end up as a mirage.
The current challenges of our security infrastructure are also our concern as Nigerian youth and all of us and not just the government must rise to this menace.
Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, day in day out, our people are being kidnapped and murdered by criminal elements in almost every part of the country. From the North, to the south , schools children are been attacked and by so doing many are denied access to education. Which is more dangerous for the future of our great nation.
These incidents served as reminder that there is no room for complacency in the task of securing Nigeria, even against the backdrop of the remarkable progress that President Buhari had recorded in the fight against insecurity challenges: ranging from Boko Haram menace, farmers and herders clash, banditry, oil bunkering among others economic and social life threatening security challenges.
I cannot but also acknowledge and appreciate our security agencies who have been consistent, dedicated and determined in their renew engagement on war against insecurities in our country.
Let me close by summarizing that we need to work together and device fundamental means of ending insecurities in our country. We must intensify existing collaboration to prevent the spread of all forms violence and insurgency in our dear nation . We must avoid the dangers of allowing these insecurities menace to further degenerate to religious or ethnic conflicts. This is our responsibility as Nigerians be it youth, student, political/religious leaders and other critical stakeholders in the Nigeria project.
As we listen to several presentations on the thematic topic of this important summit, it is my wish that we have a fruitful engagement with optimism that our communique shall suggest lasting solutions to this identified problem of insecurity in our dear nation most importantly on safe campus drive for secure academic environment across the country.
Aluta Continua. Victoria Ascerta.
Comrade Asefon Sunday
Revolutionary President, NANS