OPINION

NANS SUSPENDS JUNE 12 PROTEST OVER CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY OF PROTESTERS AND FEAR OF POSSIBLE HIJACK BY POLITICIANS – COMRADE SUNDAY ASEFON


You will recall I had addressed a press conference in Ado Ekiti
on 1st June 2021 where I had decried the growing insecurity in
the country and the unfortunate development around our
school and campuses resulting in the kidnapping of our
students and sometimes even death.


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 Nigerians 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. When some of these political players discovered
that we have seen their plans and their initial solidarity with us
is fake and an avenue to use our platform to ventilate their
divisive agenda, they resulted in blackmailing us with lies and
fake news on their platform.


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.
While the cause of the protest remains, we believe the
suspension of the protest to a later date is necessary for us to
have all attention directed at our protest and not share
attention with different groups protesting for different reasons.
Please kindly note that our protest on better security for our
schools, campuses, and Nigerians is not CANCELLED, rather
SUSPENDED and a new date will be announced soon.
As leaders, we are confronted with two different difficult
choices; we have chosen the one we considered the best for
the interest of our members. We cannot afford any of our
students to be shot or wounded while protesting legitimate
causes because of infiltrations or hijack. We take full
responsibility for this suspension as we promise to announce a
new date for our planned protest.


I, therefore, call on all our structures across the country to
suspend the planned protest for a later date that will be
announced soon after due consultation with student leaders
across the thirty-six states of the federation including the FCT.
If our voices must be heard clearly, we must ensure that no
other interest other than ours takes the center stage in our
protest.
Viva Aluta.
Signed:
Comrade Sunday Adedayo Asefon
Revolutionary NANS President.

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