UNILAG Renaming: First Sign of Hope for Students

For the students of the University of Lagos and others who are against the renaming of the institution by the president, the first signs of hope appeared on Monday, 25th June, 2012, when a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos granted an interim order restraining the Federal Government from renaming the institution.

The order was granted by Justice Stephen Adah. The case was brought by the students and alumni of the University of Lagos against UNILAG, the UNILAG Governing Council, the UNILAG Senate, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the National Assembly.

The justice, meanwhile, has adjourned the case until 4th of July for further hearing.

This development is coming less than 24 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan defended his decision and approach to renaming the institution after the late MKO Abiola. According to the president, “What we did, was the normal procedure”. And he went further to compare his method to a situation of declaring a state of emergency in a region, with the order taking immediate effect, before the proper paper work can be taken at the house. Nigerians might want to ask: how does renaming an institution in honour of an individual compare to declaring a state of emergency?

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  • The Truth! Shhh… Don’t celebrate yet, Idiots who would not want Al Mashood(muslim name ) to appear on your letter-heads. We are watching your antics. The House is in session: Minority would always make their noise, the majority would always have their way. Abiola was good as sacrificial Lamb but not good enough on your letter-heads and Certificates. Wait & See.

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  • @truth don’t u see urself incompetent to have an incompetent leader in Ur democratic regime? @boye who is talking about Muslim name here? in dat case, is d person that brought up this case a Muslim? well, i leave Ur guilt to judge u. it is true dat perfect is nobody and vice versa but i must not fail to say dat am disappointed in dis rude act of our dear Mr president

  • Mr president shud be pardoned 4 all his wrong doings o.Hw can he decide 2 change UNILAG’s name whc has global recognitn instead of establishn a new University and name it after Abiola

  • I think one of the numerous problems we are facing in this country 2day is sentimetal life style and abandonment of history. If we avail ourselves to history, many mistakes wuld have been averted 2day. During the periods of our colonial masters, many of their administrative and constitutional developments were highly criticised for lack proper consultations of the people beforehand. Now we are in a democratic dispensation and the same mistakes continues. The president is facing lots of criticisms 2day simply because he thinks he can do without the people. Lack of proper consultations makes anybody’s regime and administrations very unpopular. This is a democratic regime and issues shuld be handled democratically. We are no longer in military regime.

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