The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) says it suspended its month-long planned June 12 protest for national interest and to ensure that there will be no breakdown of law.
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The NANS National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Victor Ezenagu, said this in a press conference held in Enugu on Saturday commemorate Democracy Day.
Ezenagu said that NANS suspended the protest due to clear security intelligence that some unpatriotic elements wanted to hijack the planned protest to unleash mayhem and disorder in the country.
According to him, NANS leadership did not collect money from any source or was intimidated by anybody to suspend the planned protest but it was done basically on a patriotic move.
There were media reports that the National President of the NANS, Sunday Asefun was bribed with 40 million naira to halt the planned June 12 Democracy Day protest.
He said that after suspending the planned protest, the students’ apex body, NANS would resort to the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to further press on its demand from the Federal and state governments.
He said that NANS demand included: “That the government at all levels rise up to the occasion and secure the lives and property of Nigerians which is their first and most important constitutional duty.
“That the security architecture around our campuses be re-jigged to ensure maximum security for Nigerian Students studying anywhere in Nigeria.
“That the Federal Government as a matter of urgency should convoke a national dialogue to discuss the way forward for the nation.
“That the FG should rescind the suspension of “Twitter” because it remains one of the most viable platforms where our students connect with their counterparts across the globe’’.
The NANS National PRO however, decried the increasing rate of abduction in the country especially in higher institutions, where hundreds of students get abducted in a single operation.