The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has stated that it suspended its planned June 12 protest for national interest and to ensure that there will be no breakdown of law.
The National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Victor Ezenagu, said this at a news conference in Enugu on Saturday, June 12, to commemorate the 2021 Democracy Day.
Ezenagu said that the suspension was 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.
He said that after suspending the planned protest, the students’ apex body would resort to the use of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) method to further press on its demands from the Federal and state governments.
He said that NANS demands 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,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Gani Adams, has said that the late Chief MKO Abiola represented hope, liberty, and freedom during his lifetime.
Gani Adams stated this at the commemoration of the annulled June 12, 1993; presidential election by Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) on Saturday, June 12, in Lagos.
According to him, Nigeria’s democracy is still not in tune with the ideals; which Abiola, the winner of the election, lived and died for.
Gani Adams, who decried what he called disunity; rivalry; and senseless killings; said that these challenges had had an adverse effect on the nation’s democracy.