The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to disengage and withdraw Nigerian Army from roads and streets across the country.
This plea was contained in a statement issued and signed by Mr Samson Ogunwoye, Director of Media and Publication, Office of the NANS President on Wednesday in Enugu.
Ogunwoye noted that the #ENDSARS Protest remained a civil engagement/unrest and not warfare.
According to him, we further call for the inauguration of “Panel of Enquiry’’ to fish out the overzealous military officers who perpetrated this heinous act.
He, however, called on the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to openly apologise to Nigerian youths and students or be ready to face their wrath.
Ogunwoye noted that NANS also urged President Buhari to order adequate medical care for all injured and adequate compensation for the families of the deceased protesters.
“The leadership of NANS also urges the protesters to seize from continued street march while a new approach is adopted to drive home their demands which we strongly believe is for the good of all and Nigeria as a nation.
“NANS shall always be in solidarity at all times in defence of the interests of Nigerian students in particular and the masses at large.
“The leadership of NANS under Comrade Chidi Ilogebe, described the gruesome murder of innocent/armless youths and students who engaged in #ENDSARS PROTEST across Nigeria as unfortunate, heartbreaking and cruelty of the highest order.
“It remains the most unprofessional engagement of security agencies in the recent, shooting at sight of armless protesters who are lying flat on the floor, some with the national flag, negates the rule of engagement even in situations of War, not to talk of mere protest.
“Protests are allowed under the provisions of Nigerian Constitution; hence opening fire on the innocent citizens at the protest ground is inhuman, barbaric and evil.
“NANS hereby call for immediate withdrawal of the Nigeria Army personnel from the streets across Nigeria,’’ he said.
He added that “the responsibility of every government is to protect lives and properties of citizenry, any violation of this is an act against the oath of office sworn to by the leader’’.