The National Association of Nigerian Students on Friday announced the suspension of its planned June 12 protest across the country.
The announcement was made by the president of the association, Sunday Asefon, in a statement on Friday morning.
It was titled, ‘NANS Suspends June 12 Protest Over Concerns About Safety Of Protesters And Fear Of Possible Hijack By Politicians – Comrade Sunday Asefon’.
Asefon noted that the planned protest was aimed at condemning the security challenges in the country, especially the abductions of students.
However, Asefon said some politicians with “different agenda” have perfected plans to hijack the protest to “ventilate their political opinions and sentiments”.
The NAN president further stated that the student’s body is not associated with the secessionist campaign or the ‘Buhari-must-go’ campaign fixed for 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 infrastructures 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.”
He added that the protest was not cancelled but postponed, adding that a new date would be announced for the demonstration.