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National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has suspended its proposed nationwide protests scheduled for yesterday Monday over the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has suspended its proposed nationwide protests scheduled for yesterday Monday over the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.


The spokesperson of the association, Azeez Adeyemi disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta yesterday Monday citing an alleged plan by unnamed politicians to hijack the protests as the reason for “standing-down” the protest. “I must say here, after going through all information in the public domain about the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections, we have obviously seen that, there is the hand of Esau and the voice of Jacob in the hullabaloo,” Adeyemi said.
“It is based on this premise that we want to emphatically say that NANS is not a tool to settle a political issue. We say with utmost sincerity and seriousness of mind that we are not cowards and he who runs away from a fight, lives to fight another day.
“Information has it that some criminals sponsored by some enemies of our nation and human rights have planned to hijack the voice of the people.” in another development, The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked the Federal Government to declare a two or three-day public holiday to enable workers travel to perform their civic responsibility in the face of imminent voter apathy as a result of the shift in the date of the general elections. The Congress also asked Nigerians especially workers not to be disillusioned with the postponement of the elections, but the go all out and cast their vote, saying the postponement of the election was a better evil than disenfranchising several millions of Nigerians.
President of the Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, in a statement on Monday, revealed that from evidence available, many people would have been unable to cast their vote as a result of logistics problems if the election had been allowed to go ahead. Wabba said: “We at the Nigerian Labour Congress join other Nigerians in expressing our shock at the last minute postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
“We share in the pains of those who in an uncommon show of patriotism, had to travel long distances to perform their civic duty. We similarly understand the outrage of those who had incurred huge and unquantifiable logistic costs. No explanation will be good enough given INEC's repeated assurances and the zeal of Nigerians to cast their vote. “However, given the fact that had the election taken place, a huge number of Nigerians would have been disenfranchised on account of gross and wide-spread logistic deficit, the postponement, as painful as it is, is a lesser evil of the two.
“In light of this, we enjoin all Nigerians to quickly put behind them this ugly incident and brace up for the rescheduled election next weekend. In spite of the huge costs to them, we call on all Nigerians to self-mobilize on the same scale that they did the previous weekend. “Let them not be disillusioned or react to this postponement in a manner that will create voter-apathy. This will certainly be counterproductive and will in the long run work against the interests of the electorate.
“We call on institutions to be flexible with their staff to enable them travel in good time to perform this important civic duty even if it means government declaring a day or two public holidays to achieve this.
“As for INEC, we do hope they have learnt their lesson. On no account ever again, should they allow this to happen. All effort and expertise must be deployed by INEC to guarantee free, fair and credible elections. We appeal to all Nigerians to put this incident behind them and go out en mass to vote next weekend,” he said.

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