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FG Insists that University of Lagos would be Moshood Abiola University – What Next for UNILAG Students?

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With the Federal Government’s announcement yesterday that there would be no going back on the decision to rename University of Lagos as Moshood Abiola University, what’s next for the students and stakeholders of the institution?

The Federal Government through the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku has said that it will not revert its decision of renaming University of Lagos after Chief M.K.O Abiola. Despite protests from the students and staff of the institution, Maku said there would be no going back on the decision to rename University of Lagos as Moshood Abiola University in honour of the late winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

Addressing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja yesterday, the Minister said the President’s proclamation was in response to the outcry of concerned Nigerians who have been clamoring for the immortalization of late Abiola. He called on Nigerians not to allow the protests by some students to overshadow the significance of the president’s decision to immortalize Abiola.

“Yes sometimes government decisions get reactions from the populace, we do not as an administration see this as a disapproval. We just see it as a normal way in every democracy that when you make major decisions definitely sometimes you have public reaction but we should not allow the protest to overshadow the national significance of what Mr. President has done.”

He added that the decision has been long overdue and that today, Abiola can turn in his grave and say this nation for whom I made a supreme sacrifice for political development has recognized my contributions.

“It is our hope that reason will prevail and that the decision to honor one of our nations’s icons and heroes will be appreciated by all Nigerians including our youths and students who are the future leaders of this country” he said.

With this hard held stance of the Federal Government against the reversal of the President’s decision, it is wondered whether the protests are not just in vain.

The University was shut down yesterday following protests by students, staff and alumni of the institution. They blocked major roads in Lagos including the Third Mainland Bridge, calling on the Federal Government to reverse the announcement made by President Goodluck Jonathan on Democracy Day. Their resistance, along with that of other individuals and groups in the country have emphasized that most Nigerians are not in agreement with the President’s announcement.

What options do the students and stakeholders of University of Lagos then have? Do they just accept the new name or continue fighting against the name change? Are there any legal means they can use to oppose the name change? What next?

Please share your thoughts.

News Source: Channels TV | Vanguard

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

36 Comments

  1. Gidi

    May 31, 2012 at 7:36 am

    what next?
    They will occupy Benin-Ore road.
    Bunch of clowns who are no different from motor park touts.

  2. busarni

    May 31, 2012 at 8:17 am

    insensitive govt, 2015 is very close. i have giving up on naija siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnncccccccccccceeeeeeeeeeeeee,mtscheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew.

  3. chinco

    May 31, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Where are the human right lawyers right now. What he did is unconstitutional under a democratic(more like kleptocratic) rule.

  4. Abs

    May 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

    As an outsider (Ghanaian), I’m really confused with what’s happening. I thought MKO Abiola is much loved in Nigeria, especially Lagos so what changed?

    http://www.abadawoode.blogspot.co.uk

    • nikoro weddy aforke

      May 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

      there should be a change in Nigeria for all the good work abiola has done in Nigeria especially for Lagos state let there be his remembrance by changing the uni lag to his own name it dones not mean it a private university it is still own and control by the government of Nigeria.

    • Sansarai

      May 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Come again Nikoro? What exactly are you trying to say?

  5. Diana Chika

    May 31, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I think jonathan is confused and running away from economic problems and trying to hide under renaming university name. Greatest Akokites must reject this evil minded presidential agenda for political support for a term gang up. He must not touch that name Unilag. He must declear June 12 as a public holiday in nigeria for MKO and rename Aso Rock where MKO was killed, jonathan is afriad of the Northerns that why cannot rename Aso Rock and declear June 12 Public holiday. He wants to distract the South Westerns and divide them for PDP agenda. Yorubas refuse jonathan political undertone. He is a confusionist, trailing his history, he has rather put his senior to prison or death to gain himself and place. Every body should be alert of Jonathan otherwise we will wake up day he has sold nigeria to slavery. Mr president repent your subjects are weeping. It shows you are not a good leader enough

    • Jameel

      May 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      @Diana Chika, have u forgotten that MKO was 80% voted by Northerners?, did u know that IBB is the most hated ex-head of State in Northern Nigeria?

  6. anonymous

    May 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

    There’s a legal way of fighting this. The FG has decided to impose decisions on us. Please support the cause – http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/referendum-against-unilag-change.html

  7. ken

    May 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

    @Abs… Its sad though that d outside world has to watch the silly antics of our nation. There r more pressing needs in unilag that this students could hav taken to d streets to protest. This is a clear case of misplaced priorities. Big shame!

  8. LPS

    May 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

    That man is a military dictator!
    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com

  9. kem

    May 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

    hmmmmm they will eventually get used to it, Goodluck is very stubborn and he does his things his way ohhh, right now i am expecting anything come October 1st…..mtshewwww

  10. mimi

    May 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

    ABS,kindly google ur question. highly insensitive government. i musto support the course..#gbam

  11. adeyemo olusoji

    May 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I wonder why students and the so called stakeholders are protesting on a change of name. The students of this same university fought tooth and nail during the actualization of June 12 presidential elections. The present crops of students in the university are unreasonable and childish. Where were they when the struggle to enthrone democracy in Nigeria was on? They should face their studies and give honour to whom it is due. Kudos to GEJ for taken such decision.

  12. dammy

    May 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

    D stupid man shld stop playiN cheap politics yy nt mk a new momentum 4 abiola an name it afta hima gud quality public libary would v made a different no remain a global reference

  13. Sidney

    May 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

    “He called on Nigerians not to allow the protests by some students to overshadow the significance of the president’s decision to immortalize Abiola.”

    These people think that they always have something important to say. The only important thing about their existence is that they are in power. When the zoologist decides to make a speech, he just shows how daft he is.

    Democracy my a**. Nigeria is still not a democratic nation. The leaders don’t even understand the idea of this system of rule.

    I don’t know what else to say. Nigeria is only getting worse and I wish whoever tries to repair Nigeria all the best. So much damage has been done. We may not even be alive to see the change.

  14. kenny

    May 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

    this act by GEJ just goes a long way to show total disregard for the electorates of this country!
    GEJ is just a stubborn person who has decided to Major in the minor and minor in the major! it’s such a big shame

  15. solo

    May 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

    The title of the news in misleading! “It is our hope that reason will prevail and that the decision to honor one of our nations’s icons and heroes will be appreciated by all Nigerians including our youths and students who are the future leaders of this country” he said.

    Any intelligent reader will easily feel d sense of “real/feigned” regret in the FG reaction. All the stakeholders need to do is to take a legal action against the FG; and they already have the support of the National Assembly who are originally vested with the power of enacting/amending acts like the one that established the UNILAG.

    People should also understand that protesting/critisizing misactions by government does not always end in the critics favour. Sane people ,worldwide, go out against d government they elected whenever they feel unpopular policies are being implemented. They win some they loose some but they never sit and look like mumu why uncompetent unachiever like GEJ impose rurbish on them

  16. Omolade

    May 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

    MKO should be immortalized. I am not against the President given names to whatever he likes but please let us wake from our slumber for God’s sake. President woke up on January 1st to remove subsidy without consulting the senate and other bodies are we in democratic rule or military rule. Our President has turned himself to a dictator that just say do anything with following the due process. This should stop. We elect him and he should go tack to the status quo and stop imposing anything on us. You cannot gain the favour of Yorubas. You have just added salt to the injury.

  17. Omolade

    May 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

    MKO should be immortalized. I am not against the President given names to whatever he likes but please let us wake from our slumber for God’s sake. President woke up on January 1st to remove subsidy without consulting the senate and other bodies are we in democratic rule or military rule. Our President has turned himself to a dictator that just say do anything without following the due process. This should stop. We elect him and he should go back to the status quo and stop imposing anything on us. You cannot gain the favour of Yorubas. You have just added salt to an injury.

  18. Partyrider

    May 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

    In as much as i think GEJ is trying to score cheap political points and keeps focusing on frivolous things, The behavior of these students is annoying. Let’s face it,the reason the students are against the name change is because they feel the new name is ‘uncool’ that is all, and the fact GEJ hasn’t impressed Nigerians,this is another reason for them to lash out on him and his government.
    It’s funny that they even had to close the school for 2 weeks in protest for this?? We don’t value education so I am not even surprised.
    Don’t be surprised,most of those students that were on the road yesterday are ghost students,that have be sent out of school,but are just occupying space.*hiss*
    By the way I heard the NASS has to approve it before it becomes official.
    If its made official and the students don’t like it,they can as well leave and give space for students who just want an education and aren’t bothered about how cool or uncool the name of their school is. Bunch of childish students behaving like touts in a motor park.

  19. Londoner

    May 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

    GEJ is just a madman who has no agenda for Nigerians other than looting.
    Renaming Unilag is just a political ploy to distract us from his One year poor performance. Or what part of his speech can anyone remember other than the last statement renaming Unilag?

    The man is a dismal failure who MUST be shown the way out come 2015. I hope all ye that voted for him can see the disservice uve done to Nigeria.

  20. Chuky

    May 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Mr president wants to gain the ppl’s favor, but he doesn’t know how to go about it cos he’s confused. I pray that God will help him.

  21. SAMUEL GEORGE

    May 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    This fools thinks that they will die in Uni lag as students or lecturers and has forgotten that they will die away and the school will remain at large so what’s there problem with the name change?Do they know that the school is owned by the federal government and the federal government owes no apology to the house of assembly or any fool for changing the name of there school Unilag to MAUL or MALUS as they have been already.

  22. ayomide

    May 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Oga Jonathan needs your support, he is loosing it, day in day out. He is now certified as a confused man.What a pity!

    • Sidney

      May 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Stop trying to be nice to Ebele. He is not confused, he is an ode!

  23. chocolatier

    May 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Abeg who sent GEJ to rename a Federal University? he has not even started scratching the surface of what we sent him there to do na the one wey no concern am him dey go do. To say that i am disappointed in him is a huge understatement. The man is soo confused and he is not even ready to make an impact. What a shame! i am totally in support of the protest only because this administration is the worst Nigerians have seen. No focus,no innovations and 0% visionary leadership. His insensitivity towards the phlight of the common man is appalling. Let him not even dream of seeking a 2nd term come 2015.

  24. SAMUEL GEORGE

    May 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    These fools thinks that they will die in Uni lag as students or lecturers and has forgotten that they will die away and the school will remain at large so what’s there problem with the name change?Do they know that the school is owned by the federal government and the federal government owes no apology to the house of assembly or any fool for changing the name of there school Unilag to MAUL or MALUS as they have been already.

  25. Thelma

    May 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    all i can say is GEJ is up to something…he is not confused , he knows what he is doing. Just hope it doesn’t turn out bad

  26. Folu R.

    May 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I feel really sad for some of this writers on this blog. It’s so sad when I realise daily the quality of the so called educated people in our country. May God help us, amen.

  27. madam y

    May 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I shall say this once again, GEJ is a very cunny man, not confused, he has a game plan. Fine, he wants to honor MKO, we applaud him for that but you dont change the name of a Federal University without consulting the University’s Senate. Being president does not make the university his personal property to do as he pleases, what happened to the rule of law? Also, University of Lagos is a brand that has ties with worldwide universities, what happens to that now? It takes a long time to build brands! I don’t think GEJ and his govt thought this through properly, he wanted cheap glory so people will say he has done something but in reality he is digging himself deeper in the hole. There is National Stadium Abuja, why not re-name that? It is public, in the FCT and MKO was known as a “Pillar of Sports in Africa”, that is more befitting than re-naming UNILAG.

    He better start re-thinking his strategies, this one was a big fail and if he is still dreaming of 2nd term he needs to wake up because the only way he will be back in that office is by rigging, not that there weren’t speculations of that for his first term!

  28. Omoze

    May 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Everybody who voted for Jonathan will get a sour taste of what it means to have voted for him. This is just a sip for Lagosians particularly Akokites. God help us all.

  29. Remi

    May 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I agree with Ken that its misplaced priorities to protest. He spoke my mind. I ordinarily wldnt av bothered to comment on this issue but it is so ridiculous that students are protesting change of name, what wld they do if their school fees are increased, commit suicide? They shld rather go back to their lec
    ture halls or homes
    n face their studies.

  30. faith

    June 1, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Good decision but wrong school!

  31. anon

    June 1, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Please anyone who hasn’t got anything meaningful to say should kindly keep his opinion to himself, thank you very much. There is no need for profane language, and nobody should be called a a fool by a supposed adult for deciding to voice out his opinion on a public matter. if all you can do is abuse other people, kindly keep your mouth shut. The school was set up as an Act of Parliament so he needs to pass a bill to change it.

  32. love

    June 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Absolutely ridiculous. This is another misplaced priority by the FG. Out of all the crucial issues at hand, changing the name of a university is so unnecessary. Why UNILAG? Is MKO the founder of UNILAG? What were his contributions to the university that makes FG want to change it to his name. I thought UNILAG is a public university, if you change it to that, it sounds like a private university. I don’t understand the connection between the two. Is this to get some NICE points from people? If you are going to honor MKO, can you do it in a different way. Jonathan, presidency is not for you, just go back to Bayelsa and do other things. We need some NEW FACES of REAL leaders, with new mindset and courage.

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