4th June, 2012
Members of the Alumni Association of the University of Lagos, Unilag, have vowed to resist the renaming of the institution after Chief MKO Abiola.
President Goodluck Jonathan had, on Democracy Day, 29 May, changed Unilag’s name to Moshood Abiola University in honour of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election which was annulled by General Ibrahim Babangida.
The name change, which elicited protest by the students of the university, also irked members of the alumni association who have concluded plans to go to court this week to challenge the unlawful action of Jonathan and to secure a perpetual injunction restraining the president from changing the name.
Already, over 100 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, who graduated from the university are gearing up for the titanic legal battle to retain the name.
Also, the alumni association led by Prof. Olayide Abass, has set up three committees to ensure that Jonathan does not have his way. Among the committees are Media Contact Group and Assembly Lobby Group.
The alumni association met at the weekend at the university’s main campus at Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, where the decision was taken.
The University of Lagos was established through an act of Parliament in 1962 and those opposed to the name change argue that the only way that change can be legally binding is to amend the act through the National Assembly.