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UNILAG renamed Moshood Abiola University  print

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. Kingsley ifeanyichukwu

    President Goodluck jonathan i salute you.those complaining are stupid and uneducated idiots they should know that mko deserves some respect and the change of an institution name does not change the quality of certificate you will obtain.nigeria youth wake up to reality and stop being foolish.God bless nigeria.i love gej

    • Tayo

      I can smell GEJ’s shit all over your face you ass kisser. Who are you to refer to people who stands for their interest and identity as been foolish? Am sure you must have lost what it takes to reason(way way dumber than dumb) and definitely have no sense of belonging at all.

      Guy, if you have noting to say, SHUT THE F**K UP.

      • lagos boy

        fuck your head mad man. Abiola deserves more than your useless father. God will tear u apart for being against MKO.

        • folajimi

          @lagosboy,i’m sure ur father is not from lagos.ure soo dumb.how 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

    • Dayo

      My brother this is a social network please just put in your comment dont abuse people. There is no need for that

    • tank u my broda dey should be happy dat is not rasheed yekini university rayu

    • oluwatosin mary

      Mr man I belive u re part of ‎d uneducated ones. President obama of the USA would not name havard uni Abraham lincoln uni neither would he name oxford matin luther king uni, if dey wanna pay tribute dey shld establish a new sch with ‎d name of which dere is a moshood abiola poly. so rite now naija has moshood abiola poly & uni. Obiviosly GEJ is a confused fellow & lacks sense of direction & so do u.

  2. Jideex

    @Aremu:neva u say dat again “….. in sport n nt educatn”.Wat he did is mor dan educatn,go 4mor research.@Paul:Im highly disappointd in u wt ur writups,using abusive words on ur presido.Changing d name,dos it change d quality n standard of d sch…nonsense! Mean-y,letz wait n c d outcom weda u pple ar d govt n av d final say or d govt demselves…….

  3. Ifeanyi

    Imagine changing the names of great Universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, etc to George Bush University, what a name …….. then Imagine how unpopular the will sound.
    Besides, this isn’t what we need. Joe’s govt. really has lost direction.
    What a shame

    • yemi

      @ifeanyi, Harvard University is named after a person. Other great American universities such as Stanford and Johns Hopkins are named after people. Naming UNLAG after Abiola will in no way detract from the school’s standard or add to it for that matter. Other great Nigerians have been similarly honoured why not Abiola.
      You have options if you object to the change you may for instance withdraw if already a student you may choose to attend Nnmadi Azikiwe University or tear up your certificate if you graduated from UNILAG.
      Do you similarly object to such names as Nnmadi Azikiwe Airport or Michael Opera University of Agriculture etc. ? The truth is that you are a rabid tribalist

  4. Solomon Tunde

    I am surprised at people like Kingsley. You ended up showing the stuff you are made off. An uneducated and stack illiterate.I don’t know if you are married or not. Even in your house with your wife and children, Yes you might be the boss, but courtesy demand you discuss important issues with your immediate family, and that is, your wife and children to arrive at an acceptable reasoning.

    For MKO Abiola, after how many years, that the Federal Government now felt he should be honour. Why not change Democracy Day to June 12? Why not change the name of Abuja University to MKO? We have the national stadium or International Airports that can still be changed to MKO, of course, even ASO rock can now bear MKO. All these changing of Name as far as am concerned is nothing but PDP politics in Lagos.

    I can assure that on June 12 when the activists comes out to mark the day. Mobil Policemen will be out there ready to tear gas anybody… including you, Kingsley.

  5. This is crazy. If he wanted to change the name of any institution he should have change the name of the institution in the state which abiola ccame from not that of anoda state

  6. TEMIDAYO Kelvin

    Well to me I believe its normal to change the name of a school since its not going to change anything in the academics standard. Pls president we need stable power supply

    • pee

      get out go and buy generator

    • I am in support with u Ananymous UNILAG still remain the best name among all university in Nigeria. this name MOSHOOD ABIOLA have already being use in Stadium, Polytechnic, Road, Guarding, NGOs it is unnecessary to do that. EGJ should think very well whenever he is carrying out is policy.

  7. Michael Daini

    Its really nice to honour those who are deserving of it..and. I think that MKO.Abiola deserves more…The Name is all Hype bt I think it sounds Good…MAUite…I’m so loving it…Thumbs up To GEJ!!!

  8. it’s pure nonsense ,wat of MAPOLY?i appreciate mko,but it’s not befitting unilag?better put LORD LUGARD UNIVERSITY LAGOS….presido abeg,we need stable electricity water supplying good rail system ,drugs in hospital n stop all these borrow borrow …..

  9. Ben

    I graduated from Unilag and I am very disappointed.
    Renaming a school has many ramifications including internationally and I don’t know who was consulted before this was decided. The governing council and representatives of the school’s graduates should always have a say.
    While I agree MKO deserves all accolades, renaming Unilag should not be used as a political tool especially when the school is in dire need of improvement – that should be the focus, not on the name.

  10. ananymous

    It so stupid honoring a national hero who already been honored at four different ways, the moshood abiola stadium, mapoly, his garden and also he was honored a drive way. So what honor does he deserve from us. Look at it in a point of view, the name didn’t sound so well. When we talk about him, people will say he fought for democracy, but still we are in poverty. Please to me I don’t want that name and I will not let the name to come on my certificate. You all who are posting a rubbish comment that the rename is good should go to hell. We want our name back. If the government really want to honor him, why don’t they change the university of abuja to MUA instead of lagos because as at the time he was fighting for democracy, the federal capital was already moved the federal capital. So why lagos instead of abuja.

  11. Dayo

    MAUNILAG.. Good

  12. IBK

    A STUPID DECISION,FROM A DUMB MIND, BY A FOOLISH MAN

  13. Paul

    Really Universities can be renamed after heroes..but it must be well done.Abiola alredy had Streets,gardens,Ways and evn Statue in His honour in Lagos.MApoly is an institution named after Him.UNILAG should be renamed after Abiola,NO.Halls can be built/renamed,d Library n Auditorium are there.Come to think abt it,D Fedral Govt some New Fedral Universities,any of them could have been named in His honour…if it must be Lagos,d National Stadium or National Theatre should have been renamed in honour of MKO

  14. sega

    He fought so hard to eradicate poverty and put smiles on faces of Nigerians. GEJ, if you can just try to achieve those things, think that will be more profitable, even Abiola will applaud you in his grave if you can deliver or achieve what he planned to do. Stop doing eye service.

  15. Tundham

    U all still remain akokites. lets go back to memory lane, OAU was formally university of ife and host of others, i dont know why urs is different, are we going to institution because of the name or to acquire knowledge? I now see why nigerian universities failed to produce productive graduate like we see today in unilag student and alumni who in their interest is in the of the school and not the certificate and the knowledge they acquired.

  16. Fastech

    UNILAG has been an internationaly recorgnised name which students lecturers and people associated with d name cannot aford 2 lose. Imagine Havard Oxford & Cambridge University being renamed what how would u describe people lyk Newton Galelio and Others

  17. Kola

    Gej should not use a tablet of headhce 2 cure HIV. I think Abiola has died for d past decade, y now? Mr man plx face what u are there for. Pple are dying in poverty, no good rd, electricity, portable water, people are dying in hospital due 2 doctors strike, high price of fuel in market, our life and property does not save anymore due 2 unemployment & poverty. Remember d story of egypt & libya, where is Gadafi today?

  18. sam

    those unilag ppl wey they rant, UNILAG na ur papa get am, naming UNILAG after MKO is not 2much, we have Nnamdi Azikwe university,airport,road,estate,halls,bustops,market et al, same applies to muhritala muhammed ,ahmadu bello, Obafemi awolowo etc. this name has come to stay and u better get used to it and stop this needless protestation

    • oluwatosin mary

      Don’t u think ds is misplacement of priority instead of thinkin of aw 2 name all ‎​D̶̲̥̅̊ schhs , streets, roads, stadiums afta past heroes shouldn’t we b working 2wards achieveing wat dey fought 4. A̶̲̥̅♏ sure MKO will be turnin in his grave & wishin he neva thrived 4 naija cuz we re nt continuing ‎​D̶̲̥̅̊ fight jes wasting precious time & resource  irrelevant matters

  19. Lawyer

    GEJ is right in renaming UNILAG, after all education has been MAUL -ed by politicians.

  20. Sokunbi

    Let them go to hell.

  21. Maduka

    GEJ dat name is too local 4 such a skul like dat,u for just give am ur own name instead of dat kind of name.u better try and use ur brain and do sumtin reasonable.light no dey,water no dey,food no dey,no gud roads,to get work na WAEC,Mr president go think well b4 hand meet u.

  22. Michael Adewale Rufai

    Opinion is agaist ds decision. Therefore it should be reversed. Reason. Two much cook spoil d broot. Many institutions are already named after him. Resistution, yes that is what gov. Recorginise him as president that was not crowned. Then give his family d benefit. Unilag shld stay. How many universities bearing his name are we going to have poly is upgraded to university status. Policy inconsitences. Pls editor shlid pls save us from abusive languages being used when making contibution. Thanks

  23. moses

    i think the problem of our so called president is that he’s so much confussed about his life and does not know what to do again. His mates are busy tring to solve economical problems and much more, all he does is to change names of institutions in the country.
    he has been a great confussionist in this country by creating problems for himself and entire ebele family.
    1= on 1st jan 2012 he made the country to be a state of confussion by introducing the so aclled SUBSIDY
    2= 29th of may 2012, woke up in the morning and decided to change the name of GREAT UNIVERSITY (UNILAG) which has been recognised all over the world and decided to change it to MOSHOOH ABIOLA UNIVERSITY.

  24. Raimi Olatunbosun

    MONEY+UNILAG=======MAUNILAG. The name is still nice & pronounceable….

  25. moses

    the idiot has not solved the problem of BOKO HARAM
    HE HAS NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF SUBSIDY
    HE PLACED THE HIGHEST BUDGET OF THE COUNTRY INTO SECURITY AND UP TILL NOW WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY CHANGES.
    HOW WILL A PRESIDENT INTRODUCE ONLY 3% OF THE NATIONAL BUDGET IN THE EDUCATIONAL SECTOR.
    AND HE CLAIMED TO GO SCHOOL WITHOUT SHOES. IF AT ALL HE DID’T THEN HE SHOULD HAVE USED THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO RECONSTRUCT THE EDUCATIONAL SECTOR SO THAT HIS GENERATION WOULD NOT GO TO SCHOOL WITHOUT SHOES
    WELL OUR PRAYERS FOR HIM IS THAT HE SHOULD COME BACK TO HIS SENSES.

  26. moses

    IF HE WANTED TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL, HE SHOULD HAVE WAITED FOR US TO BURY OUR VICE CHANCELLOR AND NOT CAUSING ANOTHER DISTURBANCE.
    AM SURE THAT IF THE VC WERE TO BE ALIVE, THIS NEWS WOULD HAVE KILLED HIM. ONLY GOD KNOW WHETHER THIER THE ONES THAT KILLED HIM IN ORDER FOR THEM TO FULFIL THEIR STUPID ACTS

    MAY THE SPIRIT OUR LATE VC CONTINUE TO CHASE AND DISTURB THE MIND OF JONATHAN AND HIS FAMILY
    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Donald

    Latest news……..unilag remains unilag……..tanks to the protest………………..so so Happy!!!!!!

  28. ibrahim

    Good sence Of humour, nice thought by MR PRESIDEN, one Love Nigeria. I can see MAN U Fans are happy including our GOVERNOR MR BABATUNDE FASHOLA (MANUNILAG).

  29. Smart Lagos state polytechnic.

    I am completely short of words, because the issue @ hand nw is not d changing of name @ all. The insugence of the striking of d Boko-haram, Insecurity, Bad roads, Gud health care centers, Reduction in tution fees among host of others are the fyns dat shld be attended to one after d other. If all dz fyns are put in place, then names can be changed. Even if any institutions cld be changed, not an acient one like UNILAG dat has bn in existence since 1962. Anyway God wld help us…

  30. Ifede

    I told u guys wen u were castin ur votes 4 Egj, i said pdp has no vision, see ur life outside, dis government has no vision, i don’t even see any usefulness of ur democrazy, egj, think of sth, dt will benefit masses, and stop ur unproductive project mitcheew

  31. Ifede

    Lagos boy, say den no give u admission 4 unilag, dts why u dey look 4 skul downfall, u r failure and u shall be permanent failure

  32. Dat is d best thing 4unilag bcs unilag is 1 of d university dat corrupt other university dey spoilt nigerua education in term of post jamb ,even some student commit sucide bcs dey want 2enter unilag.Jonathan God bless u 4fat abeg carrygo

  33. oluwatosin mary

    MKO fought is wat av bin hearin and so wat ,there greater pple who fought 4 there country u don’t  dem namin evewythin afta dem. Mko street,garden,park,poly,uni. Infact, dey shld rename Nigeria afta him dat way he will b forever immortalize. Pure bullshit!

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