It’s not only about changing the name of a university, but the repercussion that comes with it, and here today, Former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon reasons with President Goodluck Jonathan over changing the Unilag name.
Former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, in a statement released yesterday, disclosed that the Name of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is too important, valuable and memorable to be interfered with.
The former head of state went on to assure members of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) community that the name of the institution remains sacrosanct and cannot be change.
While speaking on Tuesday, the 10th of June in Lagos State, Nigeria, during the Lagos State university’s 2012/2013 Batch A convocation, Gowon said nobody could change the name of the university.
The former head of state went on to urged the graduating students to remain committed to the ideals of the school, saying the university, known for excellence and “has come to stay.”
President Goodluck Jonathan, during the 2012 Democracy Day, had renamed the institution after the winner of the 1993 presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola.
The name change attracted criticism and litigation from many stakeholders before a court declared the action illegal and till date, the school name is still Unilag.
However, while addressing the graduating students on Tuesday, Gowon urged them to build on the reputation of the university and maintain its good name.
We think you should note that 36 (Thirty six) out of the 3,264 (three thousand, two hundred and sixty four) graduating students passed out with First Class grade.
What’s your thought on this? Should the school be renamed after Abiola Or it should continue with it’s known name “Unilag)