An indigenous organization under the auspices of Abuja Original Youths Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO), in collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), have evacuated over 270 students who are natives and residents of Abuja from the state, following the recent killings in Rukuba, close to Jos town in Plateau state.
The President of AOIYEO, Commandant Isaac David who responded swiftly to calls from natives and residents of Abuja schooling in Jos, said that the evacuation of the students was necessary in order to prevent death of indigene and residents of Abuja in Jos.
David , however, revealed that all the buses sent to convey the students from their various schools safely brought them back to Abuja, that another round of evacuation will be made on Saturday to ensure that all natives and residents of Abuja are brought back home, pending the period of the crisis in Jos.
His words; “As FCT indigenous people we have not been given due recognition by government, so we have to do our civic responsibility as an indigenous organization, with the little resources at our disposal and achieved major result.
“Although, the previous government has made people believe that the FCT is just the city at the expense of the over 868 villages in remote areas and the government is making it to look like it is only the city centre that is the FCT.
“The people in the outskirts are left behind and nobody cares about them, but with this kind of incidence, many people should understand that indigenous students studying in Jos are from various local communities that make up the entire FCT,” he said.
He further stated that the present crisis in Jos is similar to a war situation, where innocent lives are taken without thinking twice, that was why they decided to move into action and ensured a very swift evacuation of the stranded students.
“Our citizens studying in Plateau state were stranded in the area as a result of the curfew imposed on some local government by the state government as a measure to curtail the security situation and the crisis in the state.
“We closely monitored the situation and we came in touch National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in partnership with them to ensure the safe evacuation of our citizens and it became achievable,” said.