The Chairman of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) branch of ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities), Dr Oghenekaro Ogbinaka, while addressing a gathering of protesting UNILAG students, assured them that the Union will fight against Jonathan’s decision to change the name of the tertiary institution to Moshood Abiola University.
“I want to tell you that ASUU is by you,
“the entire University of Lagos is by you,
“we woke up peacefully and saw a stupid man announcing a stupid decision” UNILAG-ASUU chairman, Dr Oghenekaro Ogbinaka said.
Dr. Ogenekaro stated that President Jonathan wanted to score a cheap political point with the decision to change UNILAG’s name.
Jonathan’s surprise decision to rename UNILAG as Moshood Abiola University angered majority of the students of University, who immediately began protesting the decision, insisting that “UNILAG must remain UNILAG”.
Jonathan said that renaming the University is in appreciation and honour of the contribution of late MKO Abiola.
Other principal officers of the tertiary institution who addressed disgruntled students appealed for calm, saying that they were not a part of the decision and that they were also against it.
Students protesting along the Yaba area of Lagos met the Oba of Lagos along the way. He said Jonathan should reverse the decision.
Meanwhile, the daughter of the late MKO abiola, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, described the presidents gesture as well deserved.
“It is honour well deserved. We should just remember that his commitment was to end poverty. That was what he was fighting for. It’s honour for him and those who fought with him.” Hafsat told Nigeria Politics Online.