The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has suspended its planned June 12 nationwide protests in order to avoid a clash with security agencies.
As many Nigerians had lost their lives in the last year EndSARS protest in October after the security agencies stormed the Lekki Tollgate to stop the protesters from protesting.
Despite claims and proofs from concerned individuals that the security agencies shot at the protesters, the government has failed to apprehend the culprits of October 20, 2020.
NANS had declared June 12, 2021, as the national day of peaceful protests to remind the government of its primary objective of securing the country once again.
NANS president, Sunday Asefon, in a statement on Friday, declared that the association has suspended the peaceful protest.
Sunday also said the planned protest was unconnected to the ‘Buhari Must Go Campaign’ or secessionist campaigns and the protest was not cancelled but postponed, and that a new date will be announced for the demonstration.
The statement reads,
“In the last week, I have met with the Inspector General of Police, other security agencies, held series of meetings with student leaders across the country. While everyone agreed that the context of the planned protest is genuine and we reserve the right to protest, the palpable tension surrounding the date has come under special scrutiny. Let me reiterate that our plan protest was never part of the Buhari Must Go Campaign or Secessionist Campaign, our planned protest was borne out of our genuine concerns for the safety of our students.
“However, some politicians with different agendas to ours have concluded plans to hijack the protest to ventilate their political opinions and sentiments. While every Nigerian reserve the right to their opinion and the right to protest, it will be dangerous to our members if the protest is hijacked as the security agencies have shared with us credible intelligence in this regard.
“Having considered the current security realities and the danger to the lives of our members in case of possible hijack of the plan.
We hope the events and the aim of June 12 will be achieved in a peaceful environment.