By Adeyemi Olalemi (Press Club UNILAG)
Despite the raging controversy over the renaming of 50 –year-old University of Lagos (UNILAG) after the late Chief MKO Abiola by the Federal Government, the decision got the endorsement of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) yesterday.
The association urged the students and the authority of UNILAG to take government’s action as a step taken in the right direction.
NANS said the immortalisation of MKO Abiola was overdue.
In a statement after its Southeast/Southsouth zonal convention held at the Township Stadium Umuahia, Abia State capital yesterday, NANS’ National President Dauda Muhammed, said there is no better way of celebrating Abiola.
The statement described the late Abiola as an accomplished businessman, politician and an unparalleled philanthropist, who sacrificed his life for freedom and democracy.
It reads: “There is therefore no better way we can celebrate the remembrance of June 12 than for us as a nation to always acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice that the acclaimed winner of the June 12 election Chief MKO Abiola made with his life which today has in turn given birth to the present democracy being enjoyed in our country.
“It is in lieu of the above that we want to once again appreciate the Federal for honouring Chief MKO Abiola by renaming the former University of Lagos after him (Abiola).
“We sincerely want to appeal to our colleagues and other stakeholders in the university (of Lagos) to use the occasion of this June 12 celebration to appreciate the essence of the Federal decision to rename the university of Lagos after MKO Abiola.”
A telephone call was put to the President of NANS Mohammad Dauda by Press Club University of Lagos. The President picked but ask us to call back and he did not reply a text message sent to him on this matter.
This will appear to be a sabotage to the yearning and protest of the students of university of Lagos who have vowed to take all legal action against the federal government move and ensure the bill to rename the school at the National Assembly is not approved.