Owerri – Students of Imo State University said they would not participate in the planned demonstration by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
NANS planned a three-day protest to start on Monday in Owerri, to put pressure on the Federal Government to end the teachersâ€™ strike which began on June 22, 2009.
Mr Martins Igwe, National Secretary of a faction of NANS, led by Bashir Babale, was in Owerri to flag off theÂ nationwide demonstration.
Mr Darlington Uzoahia, Acting President of IMSU Student Union Government (SUG), told newsmen yesterday in Owerri thatÂ they were not part of the demonstration.
â€œWe are not saying that the demonstration is wrong, but it is a just a cause being fought from a wrong perspective. If NANS wants to come for a demonstration, we should be informed in order to make it legitimate and for it to achieve its purpose,â€ he said.
Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie, National President of ASUU, told newsmen that the planned studentsâ€™ protest in Owerri was a charade.
He described it as a ploy to engage â€œprofessionalsâ€ who are not real students, to achieve an unpopular purpose.
Awuzie said that the professional students, who are interested in making money from people, had been chased away from Owerri by another factional group of NANS.