NANS suspends June 12 protest over fears of hijack

Sunday Asefon NANS president

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has suspended its planned June 12 nationwide protest, citing concerns about safety of protesters and fear of possible hijack by politicians.

NANS president Sunday Asefon in a statement on Friday morning said the group was suspending the protest which was aimed at decrying insecurity in the country, especially the serial abductions of students.

Mr Asefon said some politicians with “different agenda” have perfected plans to hijack the protest to “ventilate their political opinions and sentiments”.

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

“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 NANS leader said.

“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 added that the protest was not cancelled but postponed, adding that a new date would be announced for the demonstration.