The National Association of Polytechnic Students` (NAPS) has back-off on the proposed nationwide protest demanding the replacement of serving service chiefs considering the state of national security issues in the country.
The National President of the Association, Activist Sunday Asuku made this known on Thursday at a press briefing in Abuja.
He noted that the Association is fully behind the President Buhari-led-Administration to achieve his agenda, thus, the call for change of service chiefs is not necessary but intergovernmental and multidimensional support for the service chiefs is needed to end the menace.
“We wish to emphatically state that our beloved Association NAPS has not and will never be party to any move or action capable of undermining or bringing down the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari but rather support the Government to actualize her set agenda to advance Nigeria to the next level”.
According to Asuku, the Association has held series of meetings with security experts on the issue and now has sufficient conviction that change of Service Chiefs is not the practical solution to Nigeria`s worsening security predicament but intergovernmental and multidimensional support for the service chiefs is needed to end the menace, hence the need to call off with immediate effect the nationwide protest in demand of service chiefs replacement.
Similarly, Asuku posited that the call off of the National Protest will further ascertain genuity of their earlier independent move devoid of any political of financial inducement promoted only by their sincere quest for safe and secure Nigeria and lay to rest permanently the insinuation of being sponsored by money bags in opposition parties in the country.
“NAPS remain an independent student body with ideological base, count us out of any move to bring down the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari as being erroneously portrayed by fifth columnist, blackmailers and some disgruntled elements”.
The Association however call on major stakeholders to commence inter agency synergy building in all aspects of development, and begin to deplore technology while motivating the Nigerian troops to fight the insecurity in the country.
He added that setting up a Special Security Trust Fund to assist in acquiring latest fighting equipment should be in place rather than waiting endlessly for budget passage in that regard.
“Expansion of all military and paramilitary workforce is essential too while Nigeria must start calling and seeking for developed nations support to defeat the insurgence before it defeats all us”. He stated.