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NANS Postpones June 12 Protest, Disclaims ‘Buhari-must-go’ Campaign

NANS Postpones June 12 Protest, Disclaims ‘Buhari-must-go’ Campaign

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has on Friday that its planned June 12 nationwide protest has been suspended.

NANS president, Sunday Asefon, made this known in a statement titled ‘NANS Suspends June 12 Protest Over Concerns About Safety Of Protesters And Fear Of Possible Hijack By Politicians’ which Nigerian Sketch obtained earlier Friday morning.

Asefon said the planned protest was initially aimed at decrying the insecurity in the country, especially the serial abductions of students.

He said however that some politicians with “different agenda” are aiming to hijack the protest to “ventilate their political opinions and sentiments.”

He said NANS was not associated with the secessionist campaign or the ‘Buhari-must-go’ campaign slated to hold on Saturday by some politicians and activists.

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.”

Asefon said the protest was only postponed not cancelled and that a new date would be announced in due course.

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