June 20, 2021

June 12 protest: NANS makes U-turn; disowns ‘Buhari-must-go’ campaign

The National Association of Nigerian Students has reversed its decision to protest against the Buhari-led government on June 12.

NANS President, Sunday Asefon, made this known in a statement on Friday morning.

The statement was titled ‘NANS Suspends June 12 Protest Over Concerns About Safety Of Protesters And Fear Of Possible Hijack By Politicians – Comrade Sunday Asefon’.

According to the NANS president, the planned protest was not canceled but postponed, adding that a new date would be announced for the demonstration.

He said the protest, organised because of the insecurity in the country, especially the serial abductions of students, was postponed because some politicians with “different agenda” have perfected plans to hijack it.

Asefon added that the students’ body was not associated with the secessionist campaign or the ‘Buhari-must-go’ campaign slated to hold on Saturday.

He said, “Having considered the current security realities and the danger to the lives of our members in case of possible hijack of the planned protest, I in consultation with all the structures of NANS, therefore, announce the suspension of our proposed protest for June 12.

“The suspension of the protest is necessary to avoid a clash of interest and clash with security agencies that are on red alert to protect the nation’s infrastructure from security breaches on the proposed date as a result of many other protests slated for the date.

“We intend to protest for better security and improved welfare for our students, we must therefore not put the life of any of our students at risk to ventilate our grievances.”

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