I know the ‘trending’ topic amongst Nigerians and friends of Nigeria at the moment, is the renaming of the prestigious University of Lagos, and I think it is time to set the record straight.
The president announced to Nigerians on tuesday 29th of may, a day Nigeria celebrates her democracy day, that he has decided to honour chief M.K.O Abiola, a seasoned democrat by renaming the University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University. And since then the nation have had no quiet, newspaper columnist, restless students and staff of the Ivory tower have been protesting ever since.
Amidst all these, the information minister, Mr Labaran Maku, has informed us that the FG made the right call and is not going back on the decision ( fine by me).
While professors Sagay and Soyinka continue to argue different sides of the same coin, let me attempt to set matters straight. The president made a mistake in picking Unilag (or should I say MAU) to honour chief M.K.O Abiola, who is virtually unknown in educational circles. The president should have picked a democratic institution such as the National assembly or INEC head office, to name after the chief. Besides in honouring a democrat, by renaming a University after him without first consulting the governing council of the University, on democracy day, is very undemocratic. But I believe GEJ is a lost cause, after all why end up with Mrs Patience Jonathan, if he could make good decisions.
The students should leave the bridge and go back to their classes ( when school reopens), they have made enough nuisance for a name change. If they are really intellectuals as they claim, they should know that as visitor to the school, the president has the right to change the name of the school to Boko haram University Lagos, if he so pleases. Instead of crying over spilt milk, they should go and think up a colourful abbreviation for Moshood Abiola University ( I have tried but nothing can make sense from this name).
All this fuss over a name change, it is now obvious that when Shakespeare penned his now famous words ‘ what is in a name? That which we call a rose will smell as sweet if called by any other name” he was not thinking of Unilag much less Moshood Abiola University. But as many before me have said since, Unilag will always be Unilag, just as NEPA will always be NEPA.
That said, hails will fall from heaven if Bros Jona decides to change the name of Uniben to Anthony Enahoro University on independence day, if he does, I will turn 360 degrees and forget I ever wrote this. Though I won’t resort to carrying placards with wrongly spelt inscriptions, after all, I am not a MAUL student and neither am I a disciple of Madam Patience.
Posted with WordPress for BlackBerry.