The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned the bomb blast, which occurred at the United Nations House, Abuja and the demand for the probe of the incident, so as to unveil the perpetrators and their security agent collaborators.
NANS described the incident as a confirmation of the Nigeria security ineptitude towards security of lives and properties.
The association, in a statement signed by its President, Muhamed Dauda and made available to news men, NANS proposed a national stakeholders forum on national security, to address the situation.
The statement reads, “the bombing of the United Nations’ (UN) Building in Abuja is something that demands strong condemnation from every individual and groups, though not surprising that the emergence of Boko Haram and other domestic terrorist organizations, had become evident in the recent times, Nigeria has once again recorded its second incidence of suicide bombing with the first happening barely two months ago, at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force.
”It is so unfortunate that at a time when the nation is faced with critical challenges of sustaining our fragile democracy and the challenges on our development, this group of people have resulted into extreme means of anarchy, to express whatever they may refer to as their grievances against the present government in Nigeria. Casualties at these instances are mostly the common people of the country. We see this as senseless and condemnable.”
“The bombing of the UN office in Abuja is significant just like the previous incident, because this terrorist group had resulted into targeting significant governmental institutions, as a way of sending their message to the Nigerian government that there is danger ahead. This dastardly act, considering the mode of operation, had shown the ineptitude of our security situation as a country.
NANS added, “We hereby want to call on the President Goodluck Jonathan led-administration to, as a matter of urgent national importance, convey a genuine forum of all stakeholders on national security. This current situation does not only affect us as Nigerians, but has now extended its threat to the international community in Nigeria, thereby portending a great danger on our image as a nation and our potential for development.”
The organization further stressed that the task of securing the nation is a collective responsibility and should not be seen as the sole responsibility of the government, thereby calling on President Goodluck Jonathan, to convey a genuine national stakeholders meeting, on national security in the shortest possible time.
NANS then expressed worry over the new dimension of suicide bombing.
It said, “There is no doubt about the fact that there is real trouble ahead of us as a nation, in terms of building capability to confront and defeat the fast-growing terrorist groups in Nigeria. Nevertheless, it is not yet time to trade blames or shift the responsibility on the law enforcement agencies, rather, calling for full commitment on the part of the government and its agencies.”
While condoling with the families and the nations that lost their loved ones in the unfortunate incident, NANS reiterated its determination to fully cooperate with the government and every civil society group, in tackling the challenges of terrorism that is fast-growing in the country.