Despite protests from students and staff, the minister of Information, Labaran Maku said there is no going back on the name change to honour the late MKO Moshood Kasimawo Abiola, winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election.
He added that the decision has been long overdue and that today, Abiola can turn in his grave and say this nation for whom I made a supreme sacrifice for political development has recognized my contributions.. (honestly i think Abiola wouldn't care less.)
He called on Nigerians not to allow the protests by some students to overshadow the significance of the president’s decision to immortalize Abiola.
The University was shut down yesterday following protests by students, staff and alumni of the institution. They blocked major roads in Lagos including the Third Mainland Bridge, calling on the Federal Government to reverse the announcement made by President Goodluck Jonathan on Democracy Day. Their resistance, along with that of other individuals and groups in the country have emphasized that most Nigerians are not in agreement with the President’s announcement.
"We don't want MAU!" was the theme song of students yesterday when it was realized that the decision did not involve the council of the University Management as the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rahman Bello said that "management had no pre-knowledge of the change of name".
what is the way forward?,
Should the federal government name democracy day as MKO day instead or how can the students and staff make themselves heard?
Are there not more pressing issues to be addressed than name change of a school that has borne the same name since 1962?
my people, please answer.