UNILAG's authorities rescind closure order, students allowed to remain on campus

UPDATE 3: Following resistance by students, authorities of the University of Lagos have rescinded the decision to suspend academic activities in the university.

Our reporter quoted the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Rahmon Bello, as telling protesting students in front of the Senate building that the closure order had been upturned. Students are now returning to their hostels to plan a fresh round of protests scheduled for Thursday, a student in the university said.

Prof Bello reportedly declined further comments.

UPDATE 2: UNILAG students are resisting the closure of their university. Hundreds of them are gathered in front of the institution’s Senate building, protesting the suspension of academic activities and vowing not to vacate the campus. Some students have even barricaded the university’s main gate, sending back their colleagues who made to obey the closure order.

UPDATE 1: The Federal Government has ordered the suspension of academic activities at UNILAG as students poured into the streets to protest the renaming of the institution.

UNILAG FM announced a while ago that all academic activities have been suspended for two weeks. Our reporter says students are already being sent home. They are to vacate their hostels by 11 a.m.

The students had earlier today barricaded the Third Mainland Bridge, which links the city’s mainland to Lagos Island, in protest against name change.

UNILAG's authorities rescind closure order, students allowed to remain on campus

Read our earlier post about today’s protest below.

Students of the University of Lagos, renamed after the winner of the annulled 1993 presidential elections, Moshood Abiola, by the president have began second day of protest against the change of name of the institution.

The students, currently without a subsisting union government, spontaneously inspired each other in the early hours of Wednesday to continue with the protest which was triggered Tuesday by a presidential national address to mark Nigeria’s Democracy Day anniversary, in which the president announced the name change.

The students, in splinter groups, are staging pockets of protests against the name change in areas around the Akoka campus of the university. The Third Mainland Bridge, a major bridge linking the main land to the Lagos Island, has been occupied by the students causing a major traffic glitch.

The students are also occupying areas in Alagomeji, Yaba, Sabo and the university’s main gate. Few lecturers and alumni of the school are joining the students in the protest.

The students, most, younger than the elections that earned Mr Abiola the honour, pleaded that their school be left out of national politics which they believe might ruin the school’s half century reputation.

The school authorities, although claiming ignorance of plans to rename the university after the politician, have summoned an emergency meeting with student representatives made up of faculty and departmental executives, hostel chairs and few select to curtail the rising resistance to name change.

Renaming the half century old school was intended to be a gesture immortalizing Mr Abiola who died in detention 14 years ago after five years of struggles to claim his presidential mandate.

Although Mr Abiola’s family are estactic about the president’s gesture, both students and alumni of the school kick against it. While the students and their lecturers stage street protests against it, the alumni have called an emergency meeting to take decision on how to stop the president through a court process.

Day one of the protests against the name change started spontaneously too, shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan ended his hour-long national address with the announcement proposing the name change. The first day was peaceful.

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  • KenMani

    Jonathan, thank you but UNILAG is too little, too small for MKO Abiola but an appreciable first step. Once again, thank you. Four things more things need to be done urgently without further delay. Firstly, prosecute and put IBB in jail for annulling the June 12 election no matter his excuse. Secondly, the National Stadium Abuja should also be renamed after MKO Abiola. Thirdly, the sum of N1 Billion (Onebillion Naira only) should be paid as a token to his family after all Yusuf the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Boko Haram murderer and criminal was paid over N100million. Fourthly, officially declare the result of the June 12 and recognize the victory of MKO Abiola and his status, even though posthumously, as a former President and Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Thereafter all national honors and benefits due to former Presidents should be extended to him. Then and only then will I acknowledge that justice even though belated have been done. Once again, thank you for the highly commendable and courageous first step of renaming University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University.

    • Hon.Ebiri

      Aunty Sade,be careful.KenMani is Dr.Reuben Abati’s voice polishing the image of his boss to convince and confuse Yoruba’s and other stakeholders on UNILAG/ MKO saga.Be careful.

      • Kgb20042003

        KGB
        With people like KenMani around us, the problem of solving insecurity issues turmenting the country corpled with sentiments as seen in his write up will never see day light. Let us be humble and sensitive to what we are feeding the public with.

        • Adviser

          @KenMani, you are just an ignorant begot who still walks about in his grandparents rotten shoes. Your old parents thought Jesus was English out of colonial hallucinations and you blindly inheritated their rotten views without striving to evolve as a modern day christian. Why don’t you try the Jamaica’s or the Haitians who postulated their on version of “Black Jesus”, or even the Indian Christians who draw their own “Hindu” version. That could have made your view point worthy of thought. Now that your thinking is still of that of a brainwashed, unintelligent grand child who has lost all purpose of an independant state of mind. How could any one trust your “hatred” motivated assertions above? I don’t know you and I don’t care who you are, but take it from me that without the North and its Elements, the entity called Nigeria would be no more. Because, the North is the sole stabilising force of the Nation! Ask those among your tribe who claim to have knowledge and experience, if there are any atall, for confirmation of this fact. And REMEMBER! leaders come, leaders go. BUT, Nigeria and Nigerians remain. Jonathan too, like all those people you’ve mentined above will one day be HISTORY and so will you, it is just a matter of time. Nigeria MUST continue, like it or not.

        • Sirajo

          KGB,
          Dont you think KenMani, Concernednigerian, Luzfather are all presidecny spies? Please remember the days of Ibrahim Babangida, and Abacha when we had all sorts of names and peoples carrying out the evil machinations of the miltary govts. I do not see a difference in these so-called ConcernedNigerian/KenMani. The only diff is that we did not have this kind of cyber spies/internet spies during Abacha/IBB days. Remember the death of Dele Giwa/Alfred Rewane. I am sure Mr. Jonathan and his henchmen will soon begin to kill given the kind of desperation I see in kenMani and ConcernedNigerian in the last two days. Some even claim these fellows are spent force and fronts for Reuben Abati. Time will tell. The evil that men do live after them. But thanbk you KGB. Be careful of these men who are well oiled and greased with blood money at the presidency.

      • Odunuga

        hon. Ebiri,
        Is it true that KenMani is the same as Reuben Abati

        • Hon.Ebiri

          Odunuga,
          Dont be deceived,Dr.Reuben Abati is KenMani.

    • Sade

      KenMani,
      No matter what I want to be oiled and greased too. Do not mind this Hon Ebiri. Will he give me job. I want a job at the presidency o jare. Hon. Ebiri, I beg no vex say i talk like dat. Na dis job thing. Me sef want be like KenMani now make I dey drive big big cars around Abuja well well. You no say na their turn oooo. So make you just keep quiet Hon Ebiri. Well it is your turn chop the treasury well well. So Oga kenMani give me the job now.

    • Sade

      Oga,
      Wont you answer me about this job?

    • adenle

      For the first time,there is iota of common sense in your comment on this platform!

  • KenMani

    Jonathan, thank you but UNILAG is too little, too small for MKO Abiola but an appreciable first step. Once again, thank you. Four more things need to be done urgently without further delay. Firstly, prosecute and put IBB in jail for annulling the June 12 election no matter his excuse. Secondly, the National Stadium Abuja should also be renamed after MKO Abiola. Thirdly, the sum of N1 Billion (Onebillion Naira only) should be paid as a token to his family. After all Mohammed Yusuf the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Boko Haram murderer and criminal was paid over N100million. Fourthly, officially declare the result of the June 12 and recognize the victory of MKO Abiola and his status, even though posthumously, as a former President and Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Thereafter all national honors and benefits due to former Presidents should be extended to him. Then and only then will I acknowledge that justice even though belated have been done. Once again, thank you for the highly commendable and courageous first step of renaming University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University.

    • Sade

      Oga,KenMani,
      You are here again from the presidency. You see I told you that this is well oiled and well paying job. And I told you that I need a job like yours. I can help too. Please do not turn down a woman’s request now. I am beautiful too. Please help me with a job like yours. I can help our world class president too.

    • Alison-M

      Mr. KenMani,
      I need job at the presidency too. It is not only auntie Sade that needs job. I can help with a lot of things polishing the image of our “world class” president. I am a beautiful woman too. You can use me anyhow you want. Please help with any type of job so long as it is from the presidency.
      Thanks.

    • 123

      Naming and renaming does not in any way show solidarity to a cause, it’s simply a political move aimed at a gaining cheap points.

    • Sade

      OgaKenMani,
      Look this yeye auntie Alison-M wants to take my place before you. I will NOT allow it. I was the one that first asked you to get me a media job at the presidency. I told you I am beautiful too. Now this yeye Alison-M has brought her face forward to be doing what I am doing. Please do not mind her. Answer me before her. You hear?
      Thanks.

    • Patiencepresidency

      Oga KenMani,
      Eh I hear say two women want to displace me before you and Oga? Na tuuuruuu? No Oh I no go gree ooo. I hear say dem say dem dey look for job? Dem call demselves sade and Alison-M . Please no mind dem ooo. I know wetin dem want ooo Oga KenMani

  • anonymous

    Please go and see a psychiatric doctor. How much are u paying to MASSOB and OPC?

  • anonymous

    KenMani Please go and see a psychiatric doctor. How much are u paying to MASSOB and OPC?

  • KenMani

    When my late uncle use to tell me that “only time shall tell who is right” I really did not pay much attention to his wise counsel. But with the unfolding of events in UNILAG since it was rightfully renamed Moshood Abiola University I will now take this wise counsel more seriously. The Yoruba’s made me believe that MKO Abiola and the June 12 struggle he embodied and died for in painful circumstances was a very, very big deal. In fact, I reached a faulty conclusion that OBJ was a sadist because I perceived that he was out to belittle MKO Abiola and June 12 especially when he changed Democracy Day from June 12 to May 29. I never knew that OBJ knew things that I never knew; that the Yoruba hype on June 12 was nothing but hypocrisy. They had little or no value for June 12 and MKO Abiola. In fact for them a mere name UNILAG is greater, more valued and more treasured than June 12 and Abiola’s life; how tragic. When also IBB hinted that the Yoruba’s forced him to annul the June 12 election, I dismissed his claims as lies. But today, I know better. The Yoruba’s have openly demonstrated their deep hatred for Abiola; declaring openly that they do not want him even in their memories; how tragic. OBJ sorry oh….please accept my apology. IBB sorry oh….please accept my apology. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who innocently lost their lives in the June 12 struggle because they were deceived by the Yoruba’s to believe that the struggle meant so much.

    • Alison-M

      Oga KenMani,
      I go follow you tire today until you give me a job like yours at the presidency. Or wait a minute. Should I forward my resume/CV to Pastor Oritsejafor or Dr. Reuben Abati? Please which one? Kindly let me know. I am also very beautiful. And I take dat thing every morning too.

      • Adeolu15

        @ Alison which job do u want and what is ur gualification? Forward ur cv to adeolu15@gmail.com

        • Alison-M

          are yu part of Kenmani, Concernednigerian, lozzyfather etc? Okay that is fine. I ask because I do not want an intermediary. This is the job I want.
          a. A job that will allow me steal about 155 billion naira.
          b. a job that will allow me steal about 400 million naira pension fund.
          c. a job that will allow me deduct oil subsidy money without questioning and be able to hide the money.
          d. a job that will allow me lot the nigerian treasury dry.
          My qualification? Idleness at the Nigerian presei=dency
          So please

    • Sade

      Oga KenMani,
      Stop talking about this late uncle. I said I need a job at the presidency, and a media job like your own for that matter. You are talking of some late uncle. Which late uncle. Please get me a job . I need it. And do not let mama Patience hear ooooo, because she may just block it. That woman eh! You know her now.

    • Alison-M

      Oga KenMani,
      So una don plenty well well wey dey collect CV/resume. I no no. Okay I go forward my CV to you now now.

    • adenle

      This one is illogical!

  • KenMani

    I must disclose some lessons I am learning from all that has happened since yesterday’s rightful renaming of UNILAG to Moshood Abiola University by President Goodluck Jonathan. Firstly, I had thought that MKO Abiola and June 12 were invaluable. But today I know better. The Yoruba’s have openly placed a limit and a value on MKO Abiola and June 12. The value they have now ascribed to MKO Abiola and June 12 is so little and so small that I wonder if it should matter at all. Secondly, I must be careful before joining the crowd to lynch anyone. In this regard, I feel so sorry for IBB who have been unfairly robbed of so much because of MKO Abiola and June 12. Thirdly, OBJ knows so much and he is not as wicked as the Yoruba’s portray him before us. When referring to June 12, he said that MKO Abiola was not the messiah Nigeria was looking for, little did I know that he was speaking the mind of the Yoruba’s. So many lessons to learn and I am learning.

    • Patiencepresidency

      KenMani,
      This is patience at the presidency writing to you. All I want to tell you is that you MUST NOT give Sade and Alison-M job. I do NOT want to see them near us. You hear. I go stay here day watch.

    • adenle

      but there was a similar protest when University of Ife was remamed too.STEREOTYPE!

  • Patiencepresidency

    KenMani,
    I go follow you tire today. If I hear say you give dat Sade and dat one called Alison-M job, I go report to Oga. No let dem cajole you with ooooo.

  • Alison-M

    Bobo KenMani,
    Where is the job now. Please help me

  • Sphinx1610

    KenMani or what is your name? Do you get it at all? I have no idea where you came from or the job you are doing. You need to have more education on the mindset of those UNILAG students protesting on the streets right now. They simply dont want their University and what it stands for to be tinted by politics. It is not that they dont love Abiola and appreciate all his effort on democracy. There are some other national and major places in Lagos and Abuja that could be named after him. Why UNILAG? Jonathan has no good advisers. They should all know that there are some Judicial act and procedure to look into before such a move. The UNILAG Administration did not even know of the move! KenMani, you dont have to lick anybody’s butt to continue to hold your job. I believe you may even come up with the idea that the country Nigeria shoud be named after Jonathan Goodluck!!

  • So when did the military coup happen? No one told me. Because Nigeria now appears to be governed like in the days of military rule.

  • Odunuga

    Look KenMani works at the presidency. That is what people say.

  • KenMani

    I am certain that the President did not break any laws of Nigeria in the long overdue, bold and courageous step of renaming the University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University. In my own mind and in this case, I do not think consultations were necessary because the Yoruba’s made all Nigerians believe that MKO Abiola and June 12 were the most invaluable things in the world. Nothing was greater; nothing was as priced. Correct me if I am wrong. In fact, from the way the Yorubas had positioned MKO Abiola and June 12 I would not have minded if Nigeria was renamed as: June 12 Federal Republic of Moshood Abiola with Abuja still as the FCT.

    • patriot

      DERI, WHY HIDING UNDER A NEW NAME? ANYWAY IF YOU CARE TO KNOW, JUNE 12 VICTORY WAS NOT A YORUBA ISSUE, BUT A NATIONAL ISSUE. IT WAS A VOTE BY NIGERIANS ANNULED BY A MAD FEW, WHICH MKO ABIOLA REPRESENTED AS THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO WON. HONOURING HIM IS GOOD, BUT MUST BE ON A NATIONAL PLATFORM , & NOT USE IT FOR POLITICAL GAIN. THAT IS AN INSULT TO THE INTELLIGENCE OF NIGERIANS ESP. YORUBAS. NAME UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA, EAGLE SQUARE OR EVEN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING AFTER HIM. THAT’S WISER. REPORT BACK TO YOUR ILL ADVISED BOSS, MR GEJ. THANKS.

  • KenMani

    I urge the Federal Government to ensure that the closure of Moshood Abiola University, Lagos is an indefinite closure until firm assurances are received that these misguided students will no longer misbehave. I recall that during IBB’S tenure as Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani military dictator President, this kind of closure will continue indefinitely until all the Obas and traditional rulers in Yoruba land visit IBB in Aso Rock and beg him to forgive these untrained wayward students. In fact, they will usually sign an undertaking that these students will behave themselves henceforth. Nothing less will do. When they are tied of staying at home they will come and beg. In addition, please learn lessons from Governor Fashola handling of Lagos Doctors strike. It might help in dealing with any lecturer or non academic staff that decides to toy with his job by hiding under protests or strikes. Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Long live the President and long live Moshood Abiola University, Lagos.

    • Ascaspestkill

      Initially it was the Hausa-Fulani you hate. Now it is the turn of the Yorubas. Whoever you are and whoever interest you are serving there is nothing you or your master can do to us. It is only writing and that will not prevent us from being Nigerians. Shame on you, sycopahant.

    • Alison-M

      KenMani,
      You have not answerd my request for a job at the presidency. You asked me the type of job I want. I told you that I want the following tyoes of job.
      1. A job where I can steal !55 billion naira oil block money similar to the Malibu gate.
      2. A job where I can loot the treasury of the country dry.
      3. A job where I can steal about 400 million naira of pension fund.
      I know you and concernednigerian and luzfather do work together. Please get me this type of job at the Nigerian presidency. Please I am also ready to work in any capacity including stealing and spying. Okay

  • AbdulYakub

    These little rascals better get back to their classrooms and concentrate on their education, which they are getting almost for free.

  • Segunkila

    KenMani,
    Yu cannot go oooo. Wey di presidency job now?

  • Sule

    Who knows, may be the long-awaited revolution will start from the students. Let’s wait and see. GEJ’s action is simply to score a cheap political point, which has now back-fired. He had better rescind his decision on Unilag and rename either Abuja stadium or Eagle square after MKO.

  • Daboh

    The presidency needs to be investigated. There is a major evil and crime going on with and about KenMani, Concernednigerian, This is a major evil and crime against Nigerians

  • patriot

    Respect begets respect. If GEJ did not make due consultations with the school authourity before the change, then they have the right to disregard the closure. How can we have a president who has no regard for the law. May be this is the begining of the uprising that would unseat him. let us wait & see.

  • Otitoju

    The point is that the 2015 election is around the corner. And that Mr. Jonathan knows that his stewardship to the nation would have to be scrutinized. The criteria of such scrutiny are achievements. In other words, in view of the fact that this is a democracy, the scrutiny has to be open based on publicly verifiable criteria. Now I do not think as at now, Mr. Jonathan has anything to show as achievements. For example: (i) From the United Nations Human Development Index Report (an objective non-Nigerian report and assessment) about two thirds of Nigerians are living in ABJECT POVERTY. (ii) In the last JAMB ONLY THREE STUDENTS (including those in the so-called private schools where our members of our middle class has taken their children to) had a score above 300 points/marks. (iii) Daily Nigerians are harassed even in less endowed African countries. Putting politricking aside, Mr. Jonathan can still NOT point to any concrete achievement after spending three years, yet this is not a military dictatorship where heads of state are not scrutinized before renewal of their terms. Mr. Jonathan knows that the scrutiny of his stewardship has started in lieu of 2015. So? He is looking for “achievements”. And this is the brutal fact, he knows that for purely sentimental reasons whether he performs or not, some states will vote for him on the basis of some stone age criteria devoid of performance and merit. Nigeria is one country that has decided not to pull itself out of that stone age mentality- In other words whether a president performs or not he/she is there so long as it is “their turn”. This is actually the recipe for the mass looting of our treasury since a president is guaranteed to be there even if he/she is an armed robber so long it is his/her zone’s “turn”. So? while as it often happens in NIgerian politricks, some states will vote primordially for Mr. Jonathan without any iota of public scrutiny, this WILL NEVER happen in some states. Whether Mr. Jonathan likes it or not HE WILL BE SCRUTINIZED publicly in those states based on verifiable criteria on HOW HE TOUCHED THE LIVES OF WORKING NIGERIANS DURING HIS PRESIDENCY-period. And he knows this. There will be no sentiments. It has to be “SHOW ME WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN SIX YEARS TO DESERVE MY VOTE”. That is the way of democracy and NOT “Oh I have to be there after six years because it is my turn”. No we pay taxes and a president must show why he/she deserves to be returned to power. Yes, he will have some primordial votes from some states as it happens often in Nigerian politricks. But for some of us and in other states, HE HAS TO BE SCRUTINIZED beyond some silly primordiality. The days of I will be there regardless of performance is GONE. We will scrutinize any HOLDER OF PUBLIC OFFICE as it is done in developed countries (Europe and America) where these people run to , to enjoy their loots, and where they send their children for education. So?Mr. Jonathan is merely using the Abiola thing as a horse gift/ a Greek gift in preparation for 2015. What is naming a mere university after Abiola compared to the sacrifice he made? Everybody knows that the seat of power in ASO ROCK should be named after Abiola, not a mere university. But it is dubious and dishonest to tie that around vote catching. It is fraudulent to do it against 2015 elections. And please DO NOT say Mr. Jonathan is not contesting 2015 elections. He is contesting . All the body language point to that. Those who deny that should tell that to the marines. It is an INSULT for a president to tie his vote fortunes (i) among pro-democracy movement and constituency, (ii) in the West where Abiola came from and (iii) among progressive looking Nigerians generally around naming a university after Abiola in a manner that violates all known procedure. And for a person like Mr. Maraku, Mr. Jonathan’s minister for Information to defend that as if we are in a military regime is shocking. We must ask as everyone is asking now if we have lost the sense of moral shock in Nigeria. So while most peoples analysis about this fraudulent act is sound and valid, the addition is that Mr. Jonathan has insulted the memory of Abiola and the rest of us who privately and quietly continue to re-build private lives due to misfortunes short of death that were suffered during that sad period in our history by tying his desperate need for votes in 2015 around this act-I challenge Mr. Jonathan’s hirelings to repudiate this factually. My point is that whether Mr. Jonathan likes it or not HE WILL BE SCRUTINIZED. And HE WILL CONTINUE TO BE SCRUTINIZED publicly. Those of us who paid dearly for our country to defeat military dictatorship WILL NOT FOLD hands and see it completely corrupted. Those who have jumped boat can stay on the side of filth and stench. But the rest will insist on PUBLIC SCRUTINY of every public office holder. We did not stake our lives for a joke. So Mr. president can take the few primordial votes from those who are ready to sacrifice performance, but for the rest of the country HE HAS TO SET FORTH HIS ACHIEVEMENTS BEFORE NIGERIANS AGAINST 2015 elections. Enough is enough. We as Nigerians are not ready to have to go to Ghana, Togo, Republic of Benin to beg for food and our children’s education. If a public office holder cannot perform, he/she gets out. If the kitchen is too hot for a president or a public office holder he/she knows what to do.