l wp-image-2204" />Students of University of Lagos are protesting the abrupt change of the name of their school to Moshood Abiola University, on Democracy Day, by President Goodluck Jonathan.
In his state-wide broadcast Tuesday morning, the president announced to a bewildered nation of his decision to rename the University after Chief M.K.O Abiola, the winner of 1993 election annulled by Ibrahim Babangida, the military dictator under whose watch the election was conducted. Abiola was incarcerated by Babangida’s friend and successor in office, Sani Abacha – equally late – while he fought to reclaim his mandate.
In an apparent lack of result in his first year in office, the president sought to honour the late business man with the abolition of Unilag, a brand that has been admired by millions of Nigerian students for over thirty years.
Ekekeee.com correspondent in Unilag reports that the students are embittered by the name change, wondering why such a move was the most important to the president in a country with mounting poverty, insecurity and youth unemployment.