Tuesday, 29 May 2012


In a nationwide broadcast to mark this year democracy day,President Goodluck Jonathan said following MKO Abiola’s effort to entrenched democracy in Nigeria,the federal Government has decided to rename the university of Lagos,Unilag after the Philanthropist.
In his speech, President Jonathan said; “It is also in this regard that the Federal Government has decided that late Chief M.K.O. Abiola  be honoured, for making the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of justice and truth. Destiny and circumstances conspired to place upon his shoulders a historic burden, and he rose to the occasion with character and courage. He deserves recognition for his martyrdom, and public-spiritedness and for being the man of history that he was.  We need in our land, more men and women who will stand up to defend their beliefs, and whose example will further enrich our democracy. 
After very careful consideration, and in honour of Chief M.K.O. Abiola’s accomplishments and heroism, on this Democracy Day, the University of Lagos, is renamed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Moshood Abiola University, Lagos. The Federal Government will also establish an Institute of Democratic Studies and Governance in the University.”.
The students of the institution are currently protesting the change of name saying they would rather prefer the school be named after the late VC Babatunde Sofoluwe rather than MKO Abiola.
Reacting to the latest development,the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos branch, Dr Karo Ogbinaka, has said that the union will resist the recent change of the university's name.
Dr Ogbinaka said: We are resisting it, all the unions and the students will resist it, the Alunmus will resist it. The truth about the whole thing is that it shows the level of intelligence of those people in government. Nobody will change Harvard's name, nobody will change Cambridge's name to Winston Churchill University. University of Lagos is a brand, for 50 years. The first university established by Act of Parliament and one man trying to score cheap political point. When people go outside and you ask them what university are you from? What name will you pronounce? They'll ask is it a new university? Is it the name of a toothpaste? It's a senseless thing and are going to resist it.
Also reacting to the negative reactions that have trailed the announcement by President Jonathan,the son of the late politician, Mr Abdul Abiola said there was nothing wrong with naming a university after his father.
 “My late father believed so much in education. He donated money to universities across the nation. Naming a university after him is a well deserved honour.”
Mr Abiola said the family was thrilled at the recognition and believe that “he should be given more honours.” The family does not believe that the recognition is a political one but a very necessary one.


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