Don’t join June 12 protest, Yahaya Bello warns students


Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has warned Nigerian students not to join the proposed nationwide June 12 protest.

He warned that persons without the country’s interest at heart might hijack the protest, which could turn disastrous.

Mr Bello also advised the students not to allow themselves to be used by politicians, who want them to be seen only as troublemakers and not responsible enough to hold leadership positions.

“There are few who want to destroy us by setting us up and saying, these are the youths, who want to be the leaders of tomorrow destroying properties, shouting Aluta, and causing chaos.

“They will cross their legs afterwards, irrespective of their political parties, dining and wining together.

“I have seen it all, and I refuse to be part of it because by so doing, we cannot build this country,” said Mr Bello.

The governor stated this when the association’s leadership visited him on Thursday in Abuja, urging them to respect the recognition of Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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He also promised to engage with Mr Buhari and facilitate a meeting with him over their demands if they would heed his advice.

The governor added that considering the country’s current situation, a protest might only make things worse.

The students agreed to put a stop to the planned protest following the interventions of the governor.

The National President of NANS, Asefon Sunday, said, “We had earlier planned our national protest for June 12 to show our grievances, our displeasure that we are not happy with the insecurity in our institutions.

“With this, we felt to meet with prominent Nigerians to discuss our issues and meeting Governor Yahaya Bello today he has appealed to us to stop, promising to meet with President Buhari with our demands.”


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