Over 500 students have been killed in the last three years of increasing insurgency attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram, the Northern Nigeria Students Association has said.
Speaking while bestowing the honourary award of ‘Grand Commander of Northern Nigeria Students’ on a former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Yakubu Bako, on Wednesday, the students expressed concern over the welfare of their members.
According to the students’ association, hundreds of students remained critically injured and are currently at various hospitals receiving treatments.
The association further said it had become imperative for them to initiate moves that will help students to overcome the traumatic situations they face.
The leader of the Northern Students Association, Musa Terrang, said his group was able to compile the number of students killed through their committees attached to NEMA and Red Crescent.
Terrang pointed out that some of the injured students are now orphans, causing the association to create an endowment fund to cater for them.
Meanwhile, the students said they decided to honour Mr. Bako for his contributions to society.
Responding, Mr. Bako assured the students of his readiness to help them achieve their goals especially because he also had no one to take care of him while growing up.