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May 29, 2012 – UNILAG Students Protest School’s Renaming

The Students of the University of Lagos have taken to the streets to protest the renaming of the school by President Goodluck Jonathan.

President Jonathan announced this morning that the institution would be renamed as Moshood Abiola University in honour of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief MKO Abiola.

However, the students have expressed their displeasure at the announcement and have troppoed out of their hostels, chanting protest songs and denouncing the change of the institution’s name.

The protesting students began gathering in groups on the campus immediately after the President’s announcement. They marched out of their hostels and gathered at the Yabatech junction from where they moved round the school chanting protests songs denouncing the name change of the school.

They were seen carrying placcards with inscriptions: Reverse or Resign, UNILAG cant be called MAU! etc. They also blocked access to the institution and disrupted traffic on University of Lagos Road and St. Finbarrs’ College Road.

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

With this widespread resistance from the students of the institution, it is evident that changing the name officially would be a tough battle for the Presidency.

News Credit: Vanguard | Channels TV



  1. mr james

    May 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Moshood abola fought for democracy and paid with is life in the course.he is a legend he deserve more than that.I advise all protesting student to study hard cos renaming has nothing to do with their educatoin

    • Ucheoma Mercy

      May 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      exaltly,my brother;they shud bend down & concentrate on their studies,renaming or no renaming wil not give them 1st class.

  2. jummy

    May 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Mr president why is it dat everything u do pple must protest I bet u don’t ve good advisers abeg change dem. Stop disgracin ursef. Today protest in nigeria tomao protest in nigeria coz our president is makin an announcement. Abeg change go wash ur head wif oMo or ariel

  3. Dhammyy

    May 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Oghao, I d’nt think he can just rename d univ just lyk dat he should have contacted d school and stundent union goverment. If he want 2 elevate the name of the man ABIOLA, he shuld go and erect another univ in his name or beta stil just change the name of a place in the skul 2 his name rather dan d name of d skul dat has bin known 4 so lng.

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