The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has visited Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, to seek his assistance in the release of hundreds of students abducted by bandits across the country.
Sunday Asefon, NANS President, made this known in a statement on Monday titled, ‘Safe And Secure School; NANS Meets Sheik Gumi’.
“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,” Asefon said.
“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 is known to have access to bandits, having held meetings with them in forests in the north.
He has also been championing their course by asking the Federal Government to grant them amnesty.
Bandits have kidnapped hundreds of students in Nigeria for ransom.
The criminals killed five students of Greenfield University in Kaduna State in April, after their parents failed to raise the required ransom in time.