The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has suspended its planned June 12 nationwide protest over the safety of protesters.
In a statement released by its President, Sunday Asefon, on Friday morning, NANS said some politicians have perfected plans to hijack the protest with the purpose of causing havoc.
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’.
Asefon stated that the planned protest was aimed at voicing out against the insecurity in the country but the cancellation was necessary because some politicians with their own agenda have planned to “ventilate their political opinions and sentiments.”
He also distanced NANS from the ‘Buhari-must-go’ campaign also scheduled to hold tomorrow, noting that a new date would be announced for the cancelled June 12 protest.
Asefon 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.”