The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has denied insinuation in some quarters that its over five month strike has political undertone, saying it has never been used and cannot be used by any political party to achieve its goal.
The union also explained that its workings are devoid of tribe or religious sentiments in the pursuit of its aims and objectives.
ASUU Calabar zone made this clarification in a statement issued in Umuahia, Abia State yesterday, by its coordinator, Dr. Charlie Ononuju in reaction to a certain publication which accused the union of being used by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ononuju described the publication as “entirely false and misleading [as] the union is not and cannot be influenced by any political party. The union embarked this national strike to secure the furniture education of the Nigerian child”.
According to the don, “It has nothing to do with politics, religion or where one comes from as being canvassed. The union is democratic and all issues and decisions are democratically resolved and taken.
“The zone urges the group [that made the publication] to jettison the propaganda and call on all well-meaning Nigerians to condemn the blackmail.
“The members and leaders of the union shall continue to think and act in the interest of the people of Nigeria, irrespective of ethnic, religious and regional affiliation”, he said.