FG renames UNILAG after Abiola

The Federal Government has renamed the University of Lagos, located in the nation’s commercial capital, Moshood Abiola University, in honour of multibillionaire businessman, politician and philanthropist who won the annuled June 12, 1993 election.

The decision to hour him was announced by President Goodluck Jonathan in his Democray Day message to the nation.

The election was annuled by Military President Ibrahim Babangida. The late politician was arrested as he battled to validate his mandate.

He died in government’s custody on July 7, 1998.

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  • Abba Alhaji Sani

    Why not Unversity of Abuja? This is only deepening sectionalism?


      President GEJ cannot force Yoruba’s to support his government.
      Firstly, it was Liberty stadium to Awolowo stadium but Yoruba’s are clever they still maintain the name of Liberty stadium because of the attachment with Liberty stadium.

      Secondly,UNILAG to MKO University but late MKO Abiola was NOT a sectional leader.Why not Abuja stadium or Abuja University?OR WHY CANT THE GOVERNMENT GIVE MKO POSTHUMOUS HIGHEST NATIONAL HONOUR ?


      • Hcredo

        Don’t worry, the Yoruba’s are not fools. Goodluck should concentrate on doing a good job in office if he desires the support of any Nigerian. He is so used to sychophancy, he thinks all Nigerians have become like him. Even if he names Aso Villa after Abiola, it does not change the fact that he has failed as a leader.

    • Hcredo

      The question is: why any university at all? Was he an academician? Why not a national honour befitting a democratic hero? June 12 was the freest & fairest election in the history of Nigeria.

  • Hcredo

    They can’t be serious! Is there no better way of honouring the matyr of democracy without causing difficulties for holders of unilag certificates? Not to mention the university itself. I hope the FGN will bear the administrative costs of the name change at all levels, from the academic office down to the student unions. I’m sure they have thousands of printed materials & emblems that will just have to go to waste.

  • Lanre

    The debate is neither here nor there. Nigeria does not have a lot of precedents in institutionalising merit. Naming Unilag after M.K.O. Abiola is in my opinion a good move to remember the struggle those of us fought in 1993. Should it have been Unilag? This is debatable. However, Goodluck Jonathan is the Visitor to the University and it is federally owned. Has he broken any laws? This should be the concern of observers. Whichever way we look at it, Jonathan has done something positive to remember M.K.O Abiola.

  • Saminu ahmed

    GEJ is totally out of idea…how can we summon courage and march collectively to Eagle Square and take all this clueless leaders are taking from us…www.e-telligencenews.com

  • Bajorduh

    Universities have been named after prominent nationalists. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka;Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike etc.This is a welcome development .Those kicking against this, what is it to be done to please you?

    • patriot

      Why not an institution in Abuja. MKO represented June 12 & that makes him a national figure. OAU was named after Awolowo becos it was founded by him in the old western region, but was later taken over by the Federal Govt. Ahmadu bello was named after him as leader of the Northern region at the time. Nnamdi azikwe was so named becos he was the first ceremonial president of the Federal republic & Zik was more to the Eastern Region. Unilag was established by the act of parliament / congress in 1962 & so its completely federal in its establishment. Remember Lagos was then the federal capital, not south west, that it is now. GEJ is looking for a way to win the south west for PDP, but Nigerians esp the yorubas are not fools, neither will their political gimmicks work anymore. We appreciate his immortalizing him, but do it wisely. Let him name University of Abuja after him. or Eagle square , even the national assembly building is more like it. really represent the democracy he stood for. Next year, it would be Uniben after someone, UI or UNN. May God heal him of his confusion & give him the wisdom of a leader. Our leaders need delieverance by fire.

  • KenMani

    Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria MKO Abiola really deserves much more. I must commend the President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR, GCON) for renaming the University of Lagos (UNILAG) after MKO Abiola. Notwithstanding, I would also like to appeal to the President to rename the National Stadium Abuja after MKO Abiola. If it would be asking too much to rename these two national monuments after MKO Abiola, then I would like the President to rescind his decision on renaming the University of Lagos after MKO Abiola and let us have only the National Stadium Abuja renamed after MKO Abiola who was widely known as the Pillar of Sports in Africa. It is instructive for us to remember that aside from the June 12 struggle, Abiola remains one of Nigeria’s former Presidents even though he was not sworn in. I had expected that Jonathan should have recognized and declared Abiola’s status as a former President of Nigeria and all the honors befitting of a President which was denied him while he was alive should have been bestowed on him on this occasion and forever. That way the injustice of June 12 would have been substantially righted. MKO Abiola really deserves much more.