The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Friday has suspended the Planned nationwide protest slated to hold on June 12, DAILY GIST has confirmed.
This announcement of the suspension was contained in a statement forwarded to DAILY GIST on Friday morning.
The President, National Association of Nigerian Students, Sunday Asefon had lamented the worsening insecurity in the country and the ripple effects on students who fell victim to kidnapping and banditry at will
Disturbed by pervasive insecurity in the country, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) then declared June 12 Democracy Day national protest day by members, insisting there was nothing worth celebrating.
But in a statement signed by the NANS National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon on Friday, The protest has been suspended.
The statement reads;
You will recall I had addressed a press conference in Ado Ekiti on 1st June 2021 where I had decried the growing insecurity in the country and the unfortunate development around our school and campuses resulting in the kidnapping of our students and sometimes even death.
“In the last week, I have met with the Inspector General of Police, other security agencies, held series of meetings with student leaders across the country. While everyone agreed that the context of the planned protest is genuine and we reserve the right to protest, the palpable tension surrounding the date has come under special scrutiny.
Let me reiterate that our plan protest was never part of the Buhari Must Go Campaign or Secessionist Campaign, our planned protest was borne out of our genuine concerns for the safety of our students.”
However, some politicians with different agendas to ours have concluded plans to hijack the protest to ventilate their political opinions and sentiments.
“While every Nigerians reserve the right to their opinion and the right to protest, it will be dangerous to our members if the protest is hijacked as the security agencies have shared with us credible intelligence in this regard.”
”When some of these political players discovered that we have seen their plans and their initial solidarity with us is fake and an avenue to use our platform to ventilate their divisive agenda, they resulted in blackmailing us with lies and fake news on their platform.”The statement ended