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Goodluck Jonathan Reverses Decision to Rename UNILAG



After several months of deliberation and resistance from stakeholders, President Goodluck Jonathan has reversed his decision to rename the University of Lagos.

Last year, during the Democracy Day broadcast on May 29th, President Jonathan had announced that the name University of Lagos would be changed to Moshood Abiola University in honour of late M.K.O Abiola. This news was met with resistance from students and staff of the University who protested the name change.

Despite the protests, President Jonathan insisted on the name change and sent a bill to the Senate and the House of Representatives seeking endorsement to rename the University about a week after making the announcement. Since then, there has been court sittings and ongoing deliberations on the matter.

However, Punch reports that the Chairman of the University Council, Professor Jerry Gana disclosed in Abuja on Thursday that the President has finally reversed his decision.

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


  1. dee one

    February 22, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Gud for him, it was never gonna happen…..he shud have known dat.

  2. Myne Whitman

    February 22, 2013 at 2:28 am

    So funny, what a lot of hot air for nothing.

  3. Oreos

    February 22, 2013 at 2:39 am

    ah!!! I loved MAULAG!!!……lol

  4. Vitamin Q

    February 22, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Mr GEJ ….stupid is as stupid does……#NO APOLOGIES#

    • Brigitta

      February 22, 2013 at 8:37 am


  5. Dolapo

    February 22, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I dey laugh oooo! Now we know that revolution and protest can reallywork in Nigeria. We are getting somewhere…

  6. meek

    February 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I like UNILAG just as it is, MAULAG seriously sucks.

  7. Oluwaseun

    February 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

    It was never MAULAG and will never be…Pls Unc J…stop with the nam e changing….None makes sense @ all, instead solve economic crises…its becoming a nitch..

  8. Deeolar

    February 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Thank you…..

  9. Blossom

    February 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    The protesters and majority of the commenters on this post sound like very small-minded people. Who cares what it sounds like? It’s about honouring a man who stood for the Nation he believed in. I will never understand the myopic mentality of Nigerians. Ever.

    • m.h

      February 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      What did he do for the nation??? A guy whose mandate was robbed..everybody knows that the guy was passionate abt sports and a stadium was named after him I think,another school was named after him..after all he did not even attend unilag..why not build a new monument and name it after him? In way of development. I don’t know who adviced the president to do dis? A political move to make the western people happy or a move to honor a great man? Who has being honored by his ppl with a school and stadium name changed..i see no point changing the name of unilag and the legacy it has built over the years..

  10. NSG

    February 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Shooting before aiming!

  11. i no send

    February 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    i dont understand why this man falls prey to bad advisers obviously some one gave him that advice. he should have consulted widely before taking that unpopular decision.

  12. Bukki

    February 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Blossom, get a load off your feet! If you had the privilege of studying at a prestigious institution like Unilag, you’ll know that there’s a lot in a name and how it sounds! Try changing your own name, or worse still, see how it sounds if someone changes your name without your prior knowledge. Perhaps then, you’ll understand that there’s a lot behind a name, especially after 50 glorious years!!

    • Atilade

      February 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Nice 1 Bukki!

  13. Morakinyo Omobusuyi

    February 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Mr President is a fearful man. Too bad.

  14. Ogbuehi Azubuike

    February 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Change management is obviously a problem in Nigeria.
    He’s looking at 2015, and has had to make concessions in that regard.. Politricks as usual

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