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UNILAG renamed Moshood Abiola University

Published on May 29, 2012 by   ·   101 Comments

The University of Lagos, with the acronym UNILAG, will now be known as Moshood Abiola Univerity.

President Goodluck Jonathan renamed the university, founded in 1962 on two campuses, after the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election in his Democracy Day broadcast this morning.

Jonathan, whose first year in office had seen his public approval rating dip, said the roles of Abiola in the enthronement of democracy cannot be wished away saying the labour of our heroes past must be rewarded.

Abiola died on June 8, 1998 after being incarcerated for his insistence to reclaim his June 12 mandate.

Former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo refused to name any major public institution in memory of Abiola who hailed from Abeokuta like Obasanjo.

Daughter of the late politician, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, described the honour well deserved.

She told the Nigeria Politics Online in a telephone interview: “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.”

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101 Comments for “UNILAG renamed Moshood Abiola University”

  1. folajimi

    @lagosboy,i’m sure ur father is not from lagos.ure soo can u jus decide 2 change d name of nigeria’s university of first choice jus to score a political point cuz we all knw he’s nt really intrested in honouring MKO.UNILAG is a brand jus lyk YALE,HAVARD etc.for over 50 yrs the school has built that name and rep to what it is today.those who say its about the quality of graduats and not the name probably went to some nameless university dats y they say that.anywyz wht will happen to affiliations lyk UNILAG pharmacies,bakery,unilag waters,shuttle,hosptal,road,library,bookstore,security,boys,girls,primary school,seconday school etc…u dnt jus wake up one morning and change UNILAG’S NAME lyk it was yours.its been der 4 over 50 yrs.n its a name 2 be reckoned with as far as uni’s in africa is concerned. this move by GEJ was selfish,foolish,unecessary and not well thought out. instead of renaming uni’s y dnt u try n b fixing d nation by diversify d economy n reducing inflation n other stuffs

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