The National Association of Nigerian Students has threatened that its members would organise nationwide protests against the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission .
Spokesman of the association, Mr . Azeez Adeyemi , disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta on Saturday.
Adeyemi said the students would organise nationwide protests on Monday against the INEC ’ s decision .
He stated that the association was fully mobilised for the protests and that no attempt to stop it would succeed .
He described the situation as “ show of shame and disgrace to a country. ”
The body lamented that countries often learnt from their past , “but , that is not so with Nigeria . ”
Adeyemi , however , cautioned that the sovereignty of Nigeria should not be toyed with by selfish leaders , adding that the unity of the country should not be frustrated .
He stated that it was a shame and a bad signal to worldwide observers that the sincerity in the forthcoming elections was diminishing .
“ The sovereignty of Nigeria should not be toyed with by any leader . Our forefathers fought for this ; the unity of the nation should not be frustrated .
“ NANS declares Monday 18 th of February, 2019 as a day of nationwide protest by Nigerian students .
“ We hereby state categorically that no attempt by security agencies to distrupt this protest will survive . ”
The students ’ body , however , asked the INEC Chairman , Prof . Mahmood Yakubu , to tender his letter of resignation over the development.
The NANS said “ Our position is that INEC chairman should resign and President Muhammadu Buhari should strengthen Nigeria ’ s security ” .
The body accused President Buhari of not living up to the expectations of Nigerians .
Adeyemi added that the postponement would not have been made possible without the knowledge of the President .
He said : “ For over three months now , even , till Friday, INEC has been assuring Nigerians that the commission is fully ready , why now calling off the election on the day of the election.
“ NANS still holds the view and sure of the fact that this postponement is not the complete decision of the INEC chairman , but , by some cabals at the Presidency . ”
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