Unilag students protest renaming institution after MKO Abiola Reviewed by Momizat on . Students of the University of Lagos on Tuesday morning organised a protest against the renaming of the institution after the late acclaimed winner of the June 1 Students of the University of Lagos on Tuesday morning organised a protest against the renaming of the institution after the late acclaimed winner of the June 1 Rating:
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Unilag students protest renaming institution after MKO Abiola

Students of the University of Lagos on Tuesday morning organised a protest against the renaming of the institution after the late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola.

President Goodluck Jonathan had in a national broadcast early on Tuesday announced the renaming of the institution after Abiola for his contribution to democracy in Nigeria.

The protesting students began gathering in groups in the main campus at Akoka, Lagos immediately after the president’s announcement.

They subsequently trooped out of their hostels chanting protests songs and denouncing the change of the institution’s name.

They also blocked access to the institution and disrupted traffic on University of Lagos Road and St. Finbarrs’ College Road.

Officials the institution came out to beg the students to go back to campus saying, “We are with you.” Students shouted “NO”.

The university’s Director of Student Affairs, Olukayode Amund, was among the official who came out to beg the students to calm down.

Premium Times, an online newspaper reported the director as saying “We were all taken back. There was no due consultation and they said this is a democracy.”

The paper also reported, Bolanle Ajayi, a student of the University as saying, “Change of name is the least of our problems. Besides, there is MAPOLY, already named after Abiola.”

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  • Waterfas

    Mr President doesnt have what it take to lead. He has nothing to show for the time spent so far as our leader, many lost souls recorded. Will change in university’s name positively affect the country’s educational system?
    Samuel, WARRI 

    • Peoa_peoa

      Mr President is we respect you…but you have refused to respect yourself
      You are an incompetent President..being pushed around by those you call your unqualified advicers.
      You have not done any good job since you resumed office instead of working you keep creating chaos in the country.
      Try to build you on work and not to build on things that others have made through their labour.
      The issue of UNILAG: Mr President You are wasteful president throwing away the name UNILAG(that cost millions,built by the compatriots(dead and alive)) for a name that has no goodwill nor non-entity..”A man who did not attend a great university can not know the worth of the name UNILAG”
      MKO,we respect you but if you were to be alive we know you won’t support this.
      Mr GEJ ” You wanna make people say it is your time the name was change” because you did nothing during you tenures.It is very unwise of you.Try to ReThink.
      You can convert the Moshood Abiola Polythenic to University and not UNILAG to MAUL.
      If you refuse and send Soldiers to Lagos, the day you leave the Presidency(Power)….think well.
      I advice Students to protest politely and peacefully.
      PEOA

  • mbolaji

    Alas! MAPLOY( killers poly)  now MAU( malu uni’). Jona Jona well done!! lol!!!

    Blind driver

    • Kate

      I think Mr. President is wrong. Wrong in everyway there is. In the US and Europe, i have never seen, heard nor read that presidents nor prime ministers change the names of great institutions like Cambridge,Princeton or Harvard to honour dead heroes which am very sure are they have in their zillion. If Mr. President want to honour MKO, there better ways to do that. At least provision of better infrastructure, job creation, good education system which MKO wanted  when he died for democracy back then. And a word of wisdom for the students there are of making your grievances met without taking to the streets. At least nobody hears a dead man when he talks that is if he ever talk. SO PLEASE DONT LOSE YOUR LIVES IN THE PROGRESS.

  • Moses

    Dead President, He just needs to Die

  • KAY

    GEJ AS FAILED.IF HE WINS SECOND TERM IN OFFICE KNOW IT WAS RIGGED

  • Eflynks

    UNILAG students, caution please!

    Take heart, because President Jonathan will appear too weak if he rescinds that decision. He is already confused and focusless as it is.

    I recommend that you go back to your hostels/classrooms and face your studies.

    Hopefully, sometime very soon, a focused president will enter Aso Villa and get things well done.

    • Tk_marc69

      It’s just wrong. We don’t need the name of our alma mater changed. If he can only channel his energy towards the power sector, we all will be a little satisfied and hope for other good things to happen in this nation. MAULAG is a name we can never be proud of.

      • O.O

        Why don’t you protest the inportant stuff…such as the strikes, or the fact that most people don’t graduate after the standard 4 years in other universities in the world. You are obviously focused on the wrong thing!

        • Cynthia Uzoeto

          i like ur comment,thank God u realise that with the rate of unemployment jutting up we cant afford to loose a brand like unilag,or any other reputable uni for that matter.

  • Larry

    Now, I say this is unacceptable.. what has changing the name of UNILAG got to do with honoring MKO and what he died for? What did he die for in the first place, GEJ is not doing anything about making life better for the average Nigerians but changing the brand name of a University that had been built in the last 50 years without due consultation. Stop fooling yourself Mr President and do what is more honorable to immortalize the dead hero of Nigeria.

    This is meant to be democracy and not some dictatorship era. Let us be objective here, renaming UNILAG cannot buy anyone over, in fact, it disgusts me that anyone would advise the President to do so in the so-called name of honoring.

    No to renaming of UNILAG to MAU, it is inappropriate and unconstitutional. He should stop acting like there are no more important things to worry about. He mentioned that we will create an environment that will be able to COPE with the current security issues, we hear absurdity coming out from the seat of power daily.. please, let us wake up and stand for what is right.

    http://www.nairaland.com/949767/unilag-renamed-moshood-abiola-university

  • Justucfantasy

    wts with all this dumb talk…”dead president”, “he should die” and all that. if we dont have anything valuable to say then we should refrain from making a ockery of this comments column. cheers

  • xpappas!

    Mr President, u̶̲̥̅̊’я̩̥̊ only option ȋ̝̊̅§ †̥̥​☺ get better advisers b’cό̲̣̣̣̥z̲̣̥ †̥̥​☺ †ђǝ majority, u̶̲̥̅̊’я̩̥̊ already a messed up situation…

  • Olalekan

    I am surprised at the myopic approach of those reacting to the change of name of the University of Lagos. Firstly, people complain that MKO Abiola is not honoured by the FG; the FG does that by naming a Federal University after a man regarded as a martyr and we cry: “crucify him! He is clueless!” etc. I wonder what we want. As Nigerians, we should always think of how to assist the Government to build rather than focus on tearing apart anything the Government stands for. I know one uninformed contributor will tag my post, pro-GEJ, but we must learn to see the bigger picture!

    • olusola EA

      What’s the bigger picture in renaming a University, what did he say about Boko haram (nothing), decaying infrastructure (nothing). Does changing UNILAG to MAU enhance the value of Nigerian Education or does it increase the rank in World Universities. Don’t u think Changing   Aso rock to Moshood Abiola Democracy villa is a better idea. pleeeeaaase!!! think right

      • jimmy

        Take it easy, don’t vent anger on govt unnecessarily. Renaming the institution may truly have no important benefit on our livelihood, but it also does not take anything away or add any negative, so why the unnecessary anger. Also, your statement of “changing Aso rock to Moshood Abiola…” is silly and adds no sensible input to this discussion. If you want to correct someone to “think right” then you had better also comment sensibly and not just comment irrationally. Moreover, the person you were correcting made a valid point. 

        • Cynthia Uzoeto

          is this nt abt givig honour to Abiola,I think naming aso rock after him is in order,this thought is nt irrational at all,if u think renaming Unilag is right.

        • Ayo4davey

          please if he cant change aso rock to moshood abiola wateva y must he change unilag? atleast aso rock is also federal property. am starting to think der is a beef here. i rep unilag. anyday anytime

      • Kunle Oni

        @1667f9d7128374a703f9f79a0bad48af:disqus: You are right, renaming the university does not improve the quality.I am sure you will also agree with me that it does not in any way have any negative effect on the quality of the university. So why the complaint? What Jonathan is trying to achieve is to honour MKO and I think that purpose has been achieved. You see the only issue people have with the renaming is that he did not call it Donald Duke or Bill Clitton or Tony Blair (those “sweet names”). We should wake up from our colonial mentality. I also agree with you that there are other big issues in the country, we should tackle him seperating on those issues.

        • Cynthia Uzoeto

          the change of name most def has a neg impact on the student,its like killing the hope of unilag stds.bt i dont think u will undstd owing to the fact that u did nt graduate from unilag.

    • jimmy

      I think you are right and make a lot of sense. We shouldn’t just react harshly to every step taken by Govt especially when it has no direct adverse effect on our living. University of Ife was changed to Obafemi Awolowo University. The students can make their frustrations known but it shouldn’t cause any chaos.  

      • Cynthia Uzoeto

        we are highly intellectual and groomed.we showed that by our peaceful protest… other schools wld v done worse. OAU did nt like the uni ife brand dts y they accepted it.we do not want the new name so our original brand must remain.

    • Shennydstar

       i am so sure u r out of your mind olalekan, wat rubbish comes out of your thinking. the name UNILAG is accepted worldwide, who wud understand MAULAG is same as unilag. do u know aw many affiliates unilag has both national and international…..it is acepted knowing well enuf the quality that graduates 4rm the school….where wud u start explaining i graduated 4rm MAULAG formally UNILAG before they acept ur credibility……Go to bed olalekan

      • Iragla55

        Why do you decieve yourself with the thought that unilag is accepted worldwide? No one talks about unilag anywhere outside Nigeria and the degree you receive there is not recognized by any top class academic institutions overseas. The jobless students should be protesting the low standard of education they are subjected to and not a change of name.

        • sly

          hey , you are absolutelly wrong unilag is very much recongnized i av used my certificatre very well for various purposes abroad, so mr president should think twice no once likes an indecisive leader.

          • jimmy

            Guy, that Unilag or any other school in Nigeria is not world renowned doesn’t mean you can’t use your certificate for whatever purpose abroad. Even if you hold a certificate from the most crude institution in Nigeria or from Oshodi secondary school, you can still use it abroad. This even buttress the point that there shouldn’t be cause for too much alarm. Yes, students can protest peacefully to show dissatisfaction, but it shouldn’t be more than that….  

          • Cynthia Uzoeto

            u are very wrong jimmy,i would nt change ur name from jimmy to smfn else wn all ur buss associates recognise you as jimmy.U nd i knw that unilag is a brand,it’s nt jst a name.

          • Bisijewel

            abroad can b anywhere outside Nigeria. Togo, Benin republic, Uganda, Afghanistan. MAULAG is not one of d best 5 higher institutions in Nigeria. How many of your products stands out in the country. Greatest Maulite

        • Cynthia Uzoeto

          unilag is accepted worldwide,it is like the answer to your prayer when u want 2 do your masters abroad or even locally…unilag is really affiliated to alot of uni internationally,u can check that online 2 be sure,so stop talking petty.leave sentiments aside and reason

        • Guest

          just one of those thing. i worked at a chinese company where i was opportuned to meet some people.the standard is set both nationally and internationally cause my boss gavin zhao came all the way from china just to ave a masters degree in unilag. or y do u think people go to other schools but wud come back to unilag for masters or phd.and some even write post utme into unilag again and again. u dont know wat it feels like to be an akokite so i understand and i feel ur pain

    • Cynthia Uzoeto

      Abiola died for a better Nigeria,nt a hypocritic one.you do not realise or cannot undstd the impact of this change of name to our certificates,this change of name crap is myopic,it mks people wonder if the president can even see beyond his nose.

    • Ayo4davey

      are you kidding? please what good does a change of name of the school added to your life? i think there are better things to tackle or better still better way of honouring a man dat did God knows what. he could build a new federal university in bayelsa and name it after abiola in dat way we have more universities,abiola is honoured, and increase the no of undergraduates. killing 3 birds with a stone. but ow many bird has he killed now rather he woke up a sleeping dragon and there is fire everywhere. if ur president isnt thinking am expecting u as a fellow nigerian to   THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Im

    why don’t u mr prsident change d name of sickling power sector to Mashood Abiola  power holding

    its seems u don’t know what’s next on ur agenda. pls get out of dt office, u a bad luck to this country

  • Oretademay

    I really think schools in the north will appreciate the name change, they are the ones who need the publicity and not us. Uncle Jona, please leave us alone.

  • Gbengaattribute

    this is bull shit Jonathan is very stupid.  

  • Waleadele002

    What is in a name, let the students take it easy, please

    • Cynthia Uzoeto

      I GUESS U WLD NEVA KNW OR UNDSTD HW HARD WE HAVE WORKED TO KEEP THAT BRAND,THE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS FOR THE HOPE OF A BETTER TOMMORROW….NOBODY CAN DENY US OF OUR RIGHTS,NOBODY CAN CHANGE OUR BRAND,NOBODY CAN RUB US OF OUR GLORY,THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE IS THE VOICE OF GOD.
      .

  • jimmy

    Why should GEJ do such a thing, our Universities are not well known internationally and I think renaming can even worsen it, to what extent is what I don’t know. I may be wrong though, as it may not even have any important effect at all. Well, Unilag students can just protest a bit to show their disapproval but they should just accept it as there is really nothing much that can be done about it. Someone said the renaming is unconstitutional, well, if that is true then there may be a way out. Other than that, this is not something that should create a pandemonium… And for those wishing death upon the President, I think that is too much, you shouldn’t wish death for any human, not for any reason. Doing that only suggest that you are probably more worse and irresponsible than the person you’re complaining about…

    • Cynthia Uzoeto

      DEATH? THATS TOO SMALL FOR A MAN THAT IS INSENSITIVE ENOUGH TO DO SUCH A THING.DO YOU KNW HW MANY PARENTS THAT WLD BE AFFECTED,PARENTS DT OUT OF NAFN THEY STILL MANAGE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO OUR SCH,WIV THE HOPE OF VNIG A GRADUATE WIV THE BRAND  UNILAG TO TK THEM 2 THE NEXT LEVEL,THESE PARENTS SAW OTHER NON RECOGNISED UNI BT DIDNT SEND THEIR OFFSPRING THERE.UNILAG’S NAME WILL BE RESTORED.

  • Sanyalabode

    Why Unilag? why not a new university in abuja where he was killed? why not another monument in another part of Nigeria? Or have we started dividing the country already? Oxford University has been there for centuries. Can somebody tell them that you don’t change the brand name of a good product!
    Where are the connservation society activist?

  • Geelinksltd

    This so called president is just a big mistake. We have several pressing issues unsolved. What has changing the name of the University of lagos got to do with moving this country forward? How can that solve the issue of boko haram and the high level of poverty and unemployment? can changing a school’s name improve the standard of leaving of Nigerians? Can we be wise for a moment and place our priorities right? this move of his is totally unacceptable and would only throw more confusion into the already severely confused country. He should please change some of his advisers, cos in my own opinion, he isn’t performing.

  • http://www.stalyfblog.com/ Stalyf

    Of all the problems in the Nigeria; insecurity, power, roads, petroleum subsidy scandal, DAME, DEZEANI, BOKO HARAM, poverty, etc – renaming THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS is the issue. Oga GEJ, na wa oh… This is real confusion. Why not name University of Sokoto after MKO in the name of Federalism? Let us pray that God will give our president wisdom and common sense.
    Imagine changing the name of Cambridge to Queen Elizabeth University.

    http://www.stalyfblog.com

  • Kolade

    Are ther no other things to think about or do? and by the way, what has that got to do with increasing the quality of education in the institution which sould be the paramount thing? I wish we could focus on more important things.

  • Dicknonye

    How is this change going to improve democracy in Nigeria? How is it going to stop the menace called Boko Haram? I’m not going to criticize the president but if this change doesn’t answer my questions then I think we need a new set of people at the head. And if it is true that it is not constitutional for him to effect a change without due consultation, then that will be another set of problems. I pray God to give him the wisdom to make better decisions.

  • candosky

    Why didn’t Jonathan name Aso Rock after MKO hence his death was planned there? This is not the right way to get back at the advocates of June 12 who mostly graduated from Unilag.

  • Kunle Oni

    To all UNILAG (sorry Moshood Abiola University) students, if you guys protest too much, you will start wearing school uniforms. What is wrong with the name? Is that the quality of education we get in our universities today. If it were to be Donald Duke University, Bill Cliton University or Tony Blair University, I am sure you guys will be happy. But you dont want Moshood Abiola, Bola Tinubu, Yakubu Gowon. Because these names are not “sweet”. Wake up and get rid of your colonial mentality. I love the new name MOSHOOD ABIOLA UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS. June 12 is still alive.

    • seaman

       u are mad from my point of view i know u belong to nowhere in the nigerian universities that’s the reason for saying rubish

    • Alarape

      May God punish U kunle ONI . Peace is far from U from hence forth . By the time u wake up tomorrow morning that ur tongue is gone! Stupid Nigeria citizen. Well what more could be expected when mediocracy is d order of the day. Smh long live unilag

    • ghennie

       u dont have anything meaninful 2 say. mtcheew

    • Kesienaobada

       you must be very stupid for dat statement u just made……………

    • Kesienaobada

       you must be very stupid for dat statement u just made……………

    • Obedbarth

      I don’t tink dt oni is educated,do u no wat it means to change a brand name? U are stupid by making such coment.

    • Obedbarth

      I don’t tink dt oni is educated,do u no wat it means to change a brand name? U are stupid by making such coment.

    • Obedbarth

      I don’t tink dt oni is educated,do u no wat it means to change a brand name? U are stupid by making such coment.

    • Femi

      Oni I guess you are right,dont mind these disgruntled elements,university of ife was changed to Obafemi Awolowo university and heaven was not let loose also other great universities were named after famous personalities in the country why UNILAG will be an exception,go back to your classrooms and stop wasting your time.

      • Ayo4davey

        go far back to your history and you will find out that obafemi awolowo instigated the building of university of ife. and by d way u dont just wake up and decide to change the name of a institution that as living bodies schooling in it. and its is also against the preceding of ow thing should be done. check ur law book passing of bills(dat is if u ave a law book) 

    • Transformation Police

      Mr. Kunle Oni, Since June 12 is still alive why dont you as your president why he chose May 29 to make the announcement instead of the said June 12. Oopsy!!!

    • Cynthia Uzoeto

      UR MAJOR PROBS IS DT U DID NT GET ADMMISSION TO STUDY IN LAG.ITS NT ABOUT THE NAME.Y IS HAVARD UNI NT NAMED AFTER ALBERT EINSTEN? THINK KUNLE

    • Ayo4davey

      dummy, u wont understand since you were not granted admission there.mtchew

  • jimmy

    Now, I have just watched clips of the protest and some students speaking. What I can deduce from their statement is that their main frustration is not even the renaming. My only advice to them is that just as they are saying to the govt, the renaming should be the least of their own worries too. As students, their are much more important things they should worry over. Let them leave issues of no light, etc for the labour unions to tackle. One of the students said ” this is the only successful university in West Africa….; if my father is selling groundnut, how can he make up to 450K Naira….” This has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Someone please advice these students to return to their school. I can see miscreants on the streets already taking advantage of the protest… 

    • Cynthia Uzoeto

      guess twas those miscerants nt lag stds dt cld nt say any thing sensible

    • Guest

      and what is deir main frustration mr know all.
      imagine wat changing havard to albert einsein or charles newton wud do to d student?
      y didnt the president worry abt does important tins like u said
      dis is a democracy era.(gov of the people by the people to the people) nt against
      y didnt u think that every national day he gives bad news, if unilag accept this am sure before the end of his tenure we wud have all federal schools named after somebody. haba my brother think

  • Nseejacpan

    THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT FOR REMEMBERING A MAN THAT STOOD FOR WHAT WE ARE NOW CELEBRATING TODAY. PLEASE SIR DONT BE SURPRISED OVER WHAT THE STUDENTS IN UNILAG ARE DOING TODAY. MANY OF THEM WHERE STILL IN THE NURSERY SCHOOL WHEN PEOPLE LIKE MKO WERE FIGHTING FOR THE FREEDOM OF THIS COUNTRY. I SEE THEIR PROTEST AS AN EXERCISE SINCE THEY ARE ALWAYS INDOOR READING . SO TODAY LET THEM MOVE FREELY ON THE ROAD OF AKOKA AND IKORODU. WHEN THEY ARE WEAK THEY WILL GO BACK TO THEIR RESPECTIVE HOTELS. HAPPY DEMOCRACY DAY AND GOD BLESS YOU AND THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA AMEN. 

    • Ifedemiladeoluwaseun

       I AM VERY SURE THAT YOU NEVER ATTENDED UNIVERSITY AT ALL….BECAUSE YOU TALKING ABOUT THOSE DAT FOUGHT IN THOSE DAYS…….HAVENT HE GAIN ENOF HONOR BY NAMING MAPOLY? …..ABEG GO TO BED AND SLEEP…..

    • Guest

      please what has he done dat was nt for his political reason. operation feed the nation dat was so u could vote for him, but to me i have nothing for or against him oh, but bro jonah is making unilag student dig out buried facts

  • Moses

    Kai, imagine my alma mater bearing a name that sounds like… Please Mr. President, let UNILAG be.

  • Ceaser600024

    President Jonathan is a confused leader. Changing the name of Unilag will not immortalize M.K.O. Whoever adviced him on that is a big fool. Declare June 12th, a national day, that is all that the yoruba nation asks.

  • felas boy

    sometimes
    i wonder what the point of argument is here. What is the relevance of
    changing  UNI LAG to MAU? why not University of Abuja ? 1. this is more
    of a POLITICAL MOVE than a recognition of Democracy and the Martyr CHief
    Moshood Abiola. To me The EAGLES SQUARE wld have been preferable for
    name change to MKO SQUARE. And for those who  said its just like how the
    name University of ife was changed to OBAFEMI AWOLOWO university, u
    have completely goofed. CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO may his gentle soul rest
    in peace was a herald of education for the south west. indeed the nation
    at large. idolizing him with an institution in the west (emphasis on
    the WEST) was just very appropriate.   This in the contrast was a move
    to appeal to the WEST , a TROJAN horse for westerners to recognize PDP
    as a propagator of democracy a goof that limited the fight of democracy
    by CHief MKO to the west alone. SO lets start renaming other
    UNiversities in other region to names that for freedom and democracy , (
    UNIPORT to CHIEF DIM OJUKU UNIVERSITY) lol . what a joke Jonathan is
    already seeking a second term inspite of the challenges the nation faces
    insecurity and fuel subsidy scams, comatose customs, wasters in the
    captial market, impending food crises. etc just one year in the seat. 
    NO these greedy insatiable political wolves only think of their pockets
    they dont think about the common Nigerian in any form.

    Like Rep

  • Ceaser600024

    For how long must we wait? Did PDP vote Jonathan or the People of Nigeria?

  • BRIGHT

    GREAT AKOKITES…… UNILAG STANDS………. WE NO GO GREE O !! MR NO SHOES COME AND COLLECT BATA BUT LEAVE US ALONE!!! THIS IS NOT THE CHANGE WE WANT, WE THE UNILAG STUDENTS  SAY NO TO (MAU)

  • Seun

    I am not sure what to say, did he really think about it, if he did, he would have known that there would have been a strike. I wonder if he had mitigating evidences to prevent the strike from having FULL effect. The problem is that the students will be at the receiving end of the pain. What promotions did the president do in UNILAG to make the students appreciate the MKO. Was he thinking of a surprise that would make the students happy? Before you surprise someone, won’t you find out what they like? All around the country and the world UNILAG is a brand name, why change it? How many people know MKO, is he taught in our schools? If he is not, how can we appreciate him? There are many questions that need answering. If our president can’t answer these questions and more that will arise but use the “honouring a martyr” as his cover-up, then he (with his advisers) didn’t fully think it through. When I think about it, would I go through what MKO did to have my name as a university? I think MKO had something bigger in his mind.

    To those in LAG, I feel deeply for you. I understand your reason for protesting if the name will change but if after the protest, nothing happens then that’s another extra year piling up. I spent 6+ years studying a 5(ideally 4.5) year course in LAG because of “liitle protests in time” that compiled to a year + . Our president need to approach governing with a business perspective, you don’t sell products that the community doesn’t want or isn’t ready for. That’s why there’s marketing before sales. If the right marketing was done, this news shouldn’t have come as a shock to the student.

    On the other hand I’m not hearing any protest yet from the officials in LAG, are they behind, if they are, why didn’t they carry the students along. Does it mean they were only thinking of themselves? Something about the name LAG makes people want to got there. I wonder if the same thing will occur after this name change. Most of UNILAG’s glory are referenced to the past than the present. Maybe the name change is a litmus test to see if UNILAG still has any glory left. 

    My advice to the students is that with protest, organized protest definitely produce more results than random protests. It’s more than carrying planks or cardboards. As students you have the advantage on education on your side. You know history, use that to gain counsel.  Know what you want as students, why you want it, check the constitution and laws to see if they favour your movement, if the constitution doesn’t favour your movement, change your focus and work on getting the constitution changed. 

    The officals in LAG and in the government already have their degrees. Other universities are still in session. If a definite outcome isn’t planned for after the protest, you the student swill end up losing both ways. This is the responsibility for all students. This is where the students studying law should bring their combined knowledge together (this is time for practicals), the law you are reading in school, is it theory or practical. Students of law should combine with Engineering students who have the thought process of organization. Form structures. Let there be debates. Obviously this doesn’t look like a 1 day protest. 

    Search history how long this type of protest takes, are you willing to stay that long out of school. If not let the school session go on while you still battle. You’d rather protest & school and if you lose, you didn’t lose anything but gained experience on how to deal with the matter in case of next time. Our president didn’t move one bit when the whole nation went on strike early this year. He isn’t the type that moves because of a strike. Use a different strategy, you are students in school, your brain is definitely 10 times more active than those in government. They may have more working experience but two heads are better than one. How much more all students in LAG.

     Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. Those studying political science or mass communication, what can you do to ensure that when school is running smoothly, the whole country and international community is aware of what is going on. Those studying education use your ability as teachers to educate the public on why the name shouldn’t be changed. Everyone studying a course in LAG, this is your time to work together as one.

    Also if this isn’t the right way to honour MKO, students offer him advice, let the president know that if those around him can’t offer sound advice, the students can offer better advice. After all we are said to be the leaders of tomorrow. Have a debate or talk show with the president. Students have power if they can only work together. 

    This might seem like a lot in the Nigerian environment but there is always a first step to progress. 

  • Ifedemiladeoluwaseun

    NIGERIA IS SUCH A COUNTRY FULL OF STUPIDITY AND INJUSTICE…..THE SO CALLED NAME BEEN GIVEN TO THE PRESTIGIOUS SCHOOL DOES NOT WORTH IT AFTER ALL IT HAS A POLYTECHNIC NAMED AFTER IT…. WAKING UP ONE MORNING AND DECIDED TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL IS ABSOLUTE NONSENSE WHEN NIGERIA IS FACING TROUBLE WATERS…MORE OVER IF AT ALL U WANT TO HONOR THE NAME, WHY NOT AFTER ASO ROCK..(MOSHOOD ABIOLA VILLA..  JONAH..IT UNFAIR

  • Titiloyecharles

    Abiola deserve to be honoured. We in the Pro democracy group are expecting a national public Holiday on June 12 to meditate yearly on his sacrifice for democracy. UNILAG student should take it as their sacrifice for democracy and shame the agent of confusion in Nigeria.. History remind us that OAU Ile Ife was also rename by FG. In thesame manner. From Titiloye Charles, Lawyer & activist.

    • Alas

      Madam have u ever thought how OAU came to be! Pls the president should tell how Mko did contribute to education in Nigeria ? Baba Awo could be referred to as baba education in d old western region. Check ur history. So both aren’t comparable at all. All these are political moves. When the end is finally around the corner for a person, he will begin to step on wrong toes! This is what is playing now! Long live unilag

    • Cynthia Uzoeto

      this is no sacrifice,changing the name is no respect to a man that fought for democracy and died in the process.OAU did nt appreciate the name ‘university of ife.th’e labours of our hreos past shall never be in vain.long live university of lagos. 

  • Gideon

    Jonathan, trying to win political points from the west. It is clear d north are trying 2 present only 1 presidential candidate and CPC is trying to merge with ACN…. tough battle for him.
    If he wants to immortalise MKO,  he can name UNIPORT after him or te national stadium

  • sao

    why does the president have to make very un-sensitive decision, to an institution that is still mouring the death of its VC, the death of MKO can be honored in some many dimension, why not name of the new university after him and fund properly, many president have died in the unitted states but i dont see the president waking up and changing MIT, or Harvard to the name of any dead person, and besided why unilag.the president should realize that his unpopular decison show he has no compassion or sense of attachment to the people who voted him. a very bad decision at a very bad time.

  • ghennie

    but to be serious MAULAG does nt make any sence at all. i can never be proud of d name nd more ova changing d name wld only cause more trouble instead of solving.

  • Valerie

    Jonathan should have named  uniport after MKO.. UNILAG , most of its dignity comes from the name.. how will he be so stupid as to change it. i am highly disappointed in our president. We have on going boko haram issues and all u can think of is changing the name of our school.

  • Josef Osemunu

    The decision by GEJ to re-name university of Lagos, Moshood Abiola university shows a consistent pattern on his part in taking wrong decision without due consultation with the stakeholders. We all agree that MKO is a great Nigerian, but re-naming the unilag after him is a complete mismatch.

  • IG Best

    All i know is God will Help us Nigerians.Only he can Do the Best,Only he is Powerful enough we dont need to Start insulting ourselves Online here publicly.Lets Pray and Fast and all will be Done.Abacha did more than this but God did it very easily for us.Me jst dey Read all comments and Smiling cuz i knw One day we all will be Happy just the way back then during Abacha Period.God is Able…Jonathan carry on God is Watching You and he will Save us All,Amen.

  • Ebiloma

    Greatest nija students , ever conscious gbosa ! I crave d indulgence of the protesting students and their leaders to take coolu temper and ensure its peaceful as possible , however I feel the intention of Mr president was fine to ve thought it wise to immortalise MKO Abiola but naming him after a university in lag or south west was a great disservice, disregard, to the dead and our martyr for the struggle in the entrenchment Nigerian democracy and to say the least, an attempt to undermine and relegate the ideals he stood- for, to a regional or sectional agenda. This square peg in a round hole immortalisation decision could be liken to naming the recently late sport icon Rashidi Yekini after university of ibadan instead say a national monument like d national stadium, if the immortalisation is done in good faith and not a calculated attempt to orchestrate mischief or political mockery why not name MKO after an institution in FCT or else where other than the south west to reflect the nationalism and patriotism in what the fallen Hero stood and fought for. If they so remember him and his legacies, not even a common respect was accorded him in form a minute silence in his memory yesterday @ the national symposium at the villa in celebrating nija Democracy, where the current political actors who are now forgetful beneficiaries of the same struggle of our fallen heroes and heroines rather than sober,repent, and reflect a better trajectory for a better and viral nija democracy , were just basketing in the euphoria of a nose diving,corrupt,impunitive and failed democracy that can not in last 13year give the basic dividends of democracy to its people but had a pathological political niche breeding greedy vicious cycles of leaders that have milked this country at the detriment of the vast majority and poor downtrodden.

  • Cynthia Uzoeto

    THE PRESIDENT CAN REVERSE THE NAME,THIS DOES NT SHOW ANY SIGN OF WEAKNESS RATHER IT IS ONE OF COURAGE,A STEP THAT SHOWS HOW SENSITIVE HE IS TO NIG YOUTH’S PLIGHT.I FOR ONE WLD SALUTE HIM IF HE DOES IT.

    • Guest

      am very sure you are related to him or else you wont talk shit. please ow does renaming a school makes him sensitive to nig youth plight? do you understand wat u wrote? mtchew

  • Rukayat

    Its very obvious GEJ killed our VC,his decision is suspectible cos y did he make d move wen our VC died.if he really wants to preach true federalism he shld name one of d nothern universities or southern universities after MKO,d man is just a confused human being

  • Danny

    Just when you think President Jonathan could not be more incompetent than he has already shown himself to be,he goes ahead and does a thing like this. There are security issues that need addressing, education, welfare, unemployment, poverty, maintenance etc. And instead of tackling those issues this IDIOT is busy changing the names of failing Universities who students are most like to graduate and join the the sky high figures of unemployed graduates. WAKE UP AND GET A GRIP

  • Mayowa

    This country is a joke!

  • Mayowa

    This is why we will not grow in Africa. The way we ‘reason’ in this part of the world is just appalling. Why are we so resistive to change even when it is a positive one? We always want to hold onto old ideas and beliefs instead of embracing new ideas that could be more beneficial to us. What is in the name of a school that it cannot be changed? Why do we protest for everything and anything at the drop of a hat! What a shame to the Nigerian youth, it just points to one thing that children nowadays have lost their morals. Charity they say begins at home.They should be in school studying hard for exams and not organizing and joining protests which could potentially endanger their lives over what i call a not-so-significant issue. The entire system is faulty, we need an upgrade….but first we need to change the way we think. We need to learn to love one another so that we can be united as a country, this is the only way out of our present predicament. Only love has the potential to ‘heal’ all our grievances that we have for each other whether you are from the north, south, west or east of Nigeria. Let us learn to honor our past heroes so that the young ones that are growing up will also be encouraged to serve this great country Nigeria.
    As in the words of our National Anthem:

    Arise o compatriots
    Nigeria’s call obey
    To serve our fatherland
    With Love and strength and faith
    The labor of our heroes past, shall never be in vain
    To serve with heart and might
    One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity

    • Guest

      the change of petrol price(increment) ow as it affected u as a person positively?there are lots of things dat needs change yes but not the name of a school cause i cant c ow its gonna affect positively looking at it from all angles

  • Folagbengad

    In all this, there’s a woman presently mourning her husband as the VC of Unilag not as the VC of Moshood Abiola university. The week which should be accorded to Late Prof. Sofoluwe for his immense contribution to the varsity is now been dominated by riots and protest, if the dead of so many years gone by can be respected, why can’t the dead of 3weeks be accorded a minimum respect of been laid to rest. There’s is time for everything… This is not time for change of name but burial of a VC who died in active service in Unilag…

  • princess

    I think the real issue is not in the name, Nigerians expected better news on how he plans to handle insercurity, poverty, joblessness, increase in electricity  tarrif, fuel subsidy probe but the guy just went ahead to change the name of a university, can u imagine the man didn’t even talk about the people that died in boko haram attacks. There are more pressing issues which need urgent attention than naming unilag after MKO. instead of thinking of how to improve the lives of Nigerian the man is thinking in a different direction.

    princess

  • kenny

    D money dat will be used to implement dis change of name can build 4 or 5
    hostels and help improve infrastructures 4 UNILAG. I.e:

    1. New letter headed paper will be printed, new receipts (4 skul,
    faculty, dept, sug, security etc), new exam sheet, stamps, bank account
    number/cheque books, dept and faculty’s receipt and letter headed paper,
    and all dese were done quantity wise. d old ones will be discarded.
    all dese boil down 2 millions of Naira.

    2. all d book in d main library dat bears UNILAG will be altered or
    reprinted. staff and students id card, logo, sticker, d website will be
    redesign, softwares programs dat power library efficiency will be
    re-developed etc.

    3. all d infrastructures dat bears UNILAG will be changd to MAUL. D
    gate, halls, hostels, books, alumni, all d cars, office equipments etc.

    4. Various fellowships and org. in UNILAG will reprint new polo and
    logo, and d final yr student that had printed UNILAG on thier final yr
    polo will luk odd.

    5. all these changes will also be effectd at Lagos State Teaching hospitals ie more money will be involved.

    6. All dese changes will apply international wise, cos UNILAG is affiliated to many international agencies. more money again.

    Plus d inflated price of all the dese changes will amount to billions of
    naira which can be used to improve d skul infrastructure or 4 – 5
    hostels.

    tot d president said they are building new 7 federal universities? he
    can give d name to d new university OR name Aso Rock after him cos dats d
    building he was prevented from entering.

    From Kenny,

    Graduate of Gr8 Uniben/Unibest.
    08030938006

  • Adeyemi

    MADNESS IS WHAT IS GOING ON IN NIGERIA. LET HIM COME AND CHANGE MY UNILAG CERTIFICATION OF 20YEARS AGO TO MAUL. THIS NEW NAME SHALL NEVER STAND. THEY SHOULD CREATE A NEW UNIVERSITY AND CALL IT ABIOLA UNIVERSITY IF IT IS A MUST, AND WHY COMPARE HIM WITH LATE SAGE- LATE CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, WHO CREATED THE THEN UNIVERSITY OF ILE IFE. 

  • Guest

    BRO JONAH, I THINK YOU NEED BETTER ADVISERS CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT YOU DONT HAVE A FOCUS.
    YOU ENTERED INTO PRESIDENCY AND THING WENT FROM BAD TO WORST NT EVEN WORSE
    MY PASTOR WAS READING THE PERCENTAGE OF BELOW POOR LEVEL IN NIGERIA AND THERE WAS TEARS IN MY EYES
    I WANT TO BELIEVE THAT SINCE YOU ARE A UNIVERSITY GRADUATE YOU SHOULD HAVE SOME FIFTH SENSE THAT ADVISES YOU ON WHAT TO DO
    YOU DONT JUST MAKE DECISION THAT WOULD JEOPARDIZE THE COUNTRY
    I THINK YOU ARE MORE OF A DICTATOR DAN A DEMOCRATIC PERSON
    ATTRIBUTES OF A LEADER
    1. MUST BE A GOOD LISTENER( U ARENT LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA)
    2.MOST BE SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF HIS FOLLOWERS( SKY ROCKETING THE PRICE OF FUEL WITHOUT CONSIDERING PEOPLES SALARY)
    3 A LEADER HAVE THE FEAR OF GOD(DER IS A NO OF AMEN YOU MUST SAY IN CHURCH………….LWKM)

    BRO JONAH THINK ARIGHT NOT WRONG, THINK LIKE A NIGERIAN AND THINK LIKE A GRADUATE

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