When A Protest Is No Longer A Protest

By Osi Okponobi

I never imagined that a day like this would come, when I will openly condemn a protest or denounce students that are protesting a 'wrong'. 

Well I guess with maturity and exposure, ones views about issues and life changes.  I will blame it on or put it down to exposure, rather than maturity.  Exposure about the ways protests or demonstrations or picketing are organised and done in other climes.   How different these climes are compared to where I come from.
 
Protests, by their nature are a good way of showing or expressing disagreement.  By its nature, it is not a bad thing.  In fact, it is lawful and a fundamental right to protest.  It is protected by the constitution, as part of a body of rights under Human Rights.  It is part of the rights under freedom of expression, beliefs and thought.  And the right to protest in groups is also covered by the right to associate FREELY (the freely is capitalised deliberately).  However, when a protest crosses the line into lawlessness, bullying and assault, or borders on criminality, then it is no longer a protest, but something else.
 
I remember my days at the University of Jos, where I trained to be a Lawyer.   I used to join in protests in those days, but always stood or remained at the fringes.  The current Minister for Information, Labaran Maku, was an ardent activist back then, and he was at one time the Students Union President.  He was so adept at activism that, if I'm correct to say this, he became the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) President.   He was very good at student activism in those days.
 
I remember then that in those days, students used to get beaten up, bullied and chased out of Classrooms or Lecture halls, even if they were not interested in participating or did not agree or believe in the cause(s).  Students at the time used to go on rampage and brigandage.  Lawlessness used to reign, and cars or vehicles were torched or vandalised by 'us' (I'm counting myself, even though I never carried out these activities).  Students used to protest and force their way out of the University and into town, embarking on a looting spree and lawlessness, vandalising vehicles and smashing car windscreens, while the occupants were inside, and beating people up.
 
As a young student at the time, it all seemed funny and a big joke to me, even though I was always far away from the scenes of the protests, even though I believed in the cause.  But I usually enjoyed the protests, mostly because I looked forward to the fact that Universities would be closed and it would be time for me to reunite with friends (from other Universities) and my family and eat home cooked meals.  I  also looked forward to the opportunity to catch up with my other friends, plus catch up with my school work, etc.   While the protests were raging, I used to enjoy my time with friends in a bar opposite the Main campus on Bauchi Road, enjoying a Rock.
 
When I look back to those days, I look back with trepidations.  It frightens me, what we (including myself, as I did not attempt to stop it) used to get up to in those days, in the name of protests.  It frightens me to think of the POWER that we assumed then.  But why did we think or assume that we had the POWER or AUTHORITY to arrogate to ourselves, the right to FORCE others to believe in our cause or join our protests?   We felt that we could BULLY and INTIMIDATE others to join or support us.  Why we thought we could HARASS people and vandalise their cars, properties, shops or even block the roads and prevent them from going about their business, makes me cringe, thinking of it.  Who gave us such POWERS?
 
I now live in a decent and civilised society, where protests are expressed decently.   Where disagreements are expressed in a civilised manner, and not being bullish or primitive about it.  I live in a country where rights are RESPECTED.  Where freedom of expression and association is respected.  I now live in a Democratic society, where constitutionality and human rights are RESPECTED.  Where it is understood that your rights end or stop, where my rights begin or start.  In other words, your right to protest ends or stops, where my right to my own freedom of expression, belief and association (or my refusal to associate or participate) starts.  I have a FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT NOT TO protest and do not see why I should be BULLIED or FORCED to join in your protest.
 
I see how Unions in the UK protest (or what we call Demonstrate).  I see how protests are organised and how union members are picketed.   I see how the rights of those that are not interested are RESPECTED.  Workers who go into work are not HARASSED OR ASSAULTED AND BULLIED.  It is usually by CHOICE.  Members of the public are not harassed or bullied to ACCEPT THEIR WAY AND MIGHT.  Employer's properties are not vandalised.  That is how to protest or conduct a protest!  And in return, members of the public accept or recognise the rights of individuals to protest and they respect it and do not try to stop them.  Not even the Police.  At least, not until the riots begin to cross the line and affect services or becomes a social problem or menace.  Or they take a lawless turn or dimension.   Then, the popular public protests starts against those rioting or protesting and causing destruction.
 
Take the last students riots in the UK or even the last London riots, as examples.  The London riots were popularly and overwhelmingly condemned when the protest against the Police killing in Tottenham, a Central London suburb, was taken too far and shops and stores were being vandalised and looted.  The cause or the reason for the riots, though initially popular, were no longer a factor, and concerned citizens and the entire country unanimously and unequivocally condemned the riots.  Even mothers or parents told on their children and forced them to hand themselves over to the police.  One by one, all the protesters were fished out, arrested, prosecuted in court and sentenced.
 
The same thing occurred during the Students riots in London.  Students from all over the country (mind you not all of them) converged in London to protest the increase in Tuition fees and payment.  When again the riots crossed the line and became lawless, the public condemned it.  Even a top opposition leader (and someone who I had worked closely with before), Mrs Harriet Harman, who also became the Labour leader after the resignation of Gordon Brown as labour leader, following his defeat at the polls, was roundly condemned for even daring to mention that she 'understood' why the protesters were protesting.  She was forced to publicly withdraw her statement and apologise, as she was seen as sympathising with the protesters and justifying the lawlessness.  That is how it is done in democratic societies.
 
Another example worthy of mention, involves a protester who broke through security and disrupted a public enquiry, where Mr Tony Blair, former PM, was giving evidence.  Though the protester mouthed words at Tony Blair, and disrupted the proceedings, he was eventually escorted out.  He was not charged by the Police for any offence, as he did not COMMIT ANY CRIMINAL OFFENCE.   He simply made allegations against Tony Blair, which he flatly denied before continuing with his evidence.
 
I have painstakingly highlighted the above so that we can understand how protests are conducted in a democratic society.  We blame the Police, the Military, etc, for not being democratic, while we, ourselves, are not democratic.  Most Nigerians are not 'democratised'.  We believe in imposing our thoughts, views, beliefs, rights and way of life on others.  In a democracy, majority does not always mean right.  But majority must carry the day.  Majority is not a reason for taking away the rights of the minority.  In fact, in a democratic culture, the rights of minorities are even more protected, even though the majority carries the day.  Majority, however, does not mean lawlessness must or has to be accepted.  All the rights are important in a democracy.  
 
And by the way, who told the protesters that they are always in the majority?  What about those SILENT MAJORITY who do not always agree with them.  If one counts the number of the protesters compared to the whole university community, one would find out that the protesters are, indeed, in the minority.  To every 100 protester, there are thousands of non-protesters.  Did the students seek the views or do a survey of these SILENT MAJORITY or consult them or follow 'due process' before embarking on their ill-conceived vandalism and criminality, in the name of protests?
 
And those of us, who have had the benefit of living outside the country, and see or know how things are done, we should show restraint and not fuel the situation.  This is why I disagree, and respectfully so, with the comments by the likes of Professor Wole Soyinka, who wrote an article asking “MKO Abiola family not to misconstrue the PROTESTS (emphasis mine) against the naming of the University of Lagos after their heroic patriarch”.  In other words, the family should understand or appreciate the protests, and should not see it as disrespectful to the late icon.  No, sir!  A protest, when it crosses the line, should not be fuelled or buoyed by comments like, we should understand or appreciate why people are protesting.  Such comments are enough to fuel the situation as the protesters would find encouragement.  We must avoid statements or comments that would encourage or be seen to be egging them on.  We should exercise restraint, and call on the protesters to be civil and controlled about expressing their disagreements.   We heard similar comments made by Buhari, which fuelled the post elections violence last year in some parts of the North.
 
God forbid, if I was caught in the middle of the protest.  I cannot imagine how I would have felt, not being used, or rather, no longer used to this type of bullish manner of protesting or expressing disagreements.  I probably would have come down from my car and asked the students why they feel their rights to protest on the road is SUPERIOR to my right to drive on the road to my destination.  I probably would have been mobbed or killed or my car destroyed.  And the sad thing is that nobody would have condemned them, rather, they would condemn me for trying to enforce my FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT TO MOVE FREELY.  I probably would have been harassed and bullied and shouted down, before taking their further action.  And knowing the stubborn me, I would still have been protesting my rights, in a civil but firm manner.   In the eyes of the public, I would not have been seen as the victim, but a stubborn person who deserved what he got.
 
I do not condemn the right of anybody to disagree or protest.  That is perfectly normal and entrenched in our constitution and our laws.  But it is not in our constitution for people to be harassed,  bullied and shops looted, while cars are vandalised.  It saddens me when I read about tales of Petrol stations being vandalised and looted.  What does that have to do with protesting a name change or the renaming of an institution?  There are more civilised and democratic ways of expressing disagreements than what was or is still on display.
 
Even those protesting, what are they really protesting about?  From what I have read so far, there are different categories of protesters.  The first category are protesting the very idea of the name change.  They fancy the name UNILAG to 'MAULAG', because it sounds more flash.  Theirs is about the nomenclature.  Others are protesting because they say it changes HISTORY, a 50 years history.  These are the Archaeologists or Historians that wish to preserve our history.  What is historical about the name 'LAG' or 'LAGOS' appearing after UNI?  Lagos is a Portuguese word meaning Lagoon.  Is that historical?
 
Some of the protesters are protesting because they feel the memento or gesture is not nationalistic enough, but seeks to 'tribalise' or 'ethnicise'  the worth of MKO Abiola, who was a national hero.  They want an edifice in Abuja or Owerri, instead, named or renamed after him.  Another group are protesting that 'due process'  was not followed.  This group is also not certain or sure about what they mean by this 'due process' or what form it should follow.  While one group says the University's Governing council should be the ones to decide on a name change, others say it is the National Assembly, as the University was created by an Act of Parliament.  Yet another group believe the President should have 'consulted widely' before renaming the University.
 
In other words, from the totality of the above arguments or reasons, changing the name UNILAG to MAULAG (for short) would have been accepted if 'due process' or enough consultation was done, and not that the name is not good enough or the honour is not nationalistic enough.  What this brings out is that even if 'due process' was followed, some people would have still protested or had a reason to protest.  Those who feel the University's Governing council is the appropriate body, would have protested.  While those that feel the name was not nationalistic enough or that the honour was 'tribalising' Chief Abiola (of blessed memory), would still have protested.  Likewise, those that feel the name is not 'flash' enough and nice sounding or breaks a part of tradition or a 50 years history.
 
To those that prefer Abuja Stadium to Unilag being renamed after Chief Abiola, is the stadium more iconic than a 50 years historical landmark?  Whichever way one looks at it, some people would have disagreed one way or the other, and had a reason to protest.  Protesting, as I have said before, is not a bad thing.  But in protesting, should we break the law?  Should we intimidate, harass and bully others?  Should we vandalise cars, loot shops and Petrol stations?  I dare not think any right thinking and DEMOCRATIC person would support the protests.
 
There is no justification for brigandage, vandalism, lawlessness, intimidation, looting, destruction or criminality.  This is the culture we must embrace and entrench in this our new democratic dispensation.  The protests and the protesters must be condemned!  Two wrongs CAN NEVER make a right.  You cannot right unlawfulness with lawlessness or right a wrong with a wrong.  That is barbaric or jungle Justice!  I am neither in favour nor in opposition to the renaming.  Perhaps, I wouldn't go as far as the President has done.  But criminality is not the solution.  I, therefore, condemn the criminal protests!  
 
I make no other point, lest some people ask, is it right, what the President did?  I am not arguing for or against, and this is not about the rightness or wrongness of his action.  I am simply condemning criminality!  Those who criticise or condemn the President for not following 'due process' (as they understand it) should equally condemn the rampaging students for not following DUE PROCESS for expressing grievances.  Again I remind everyone that TWO WRONGS can never make A RIGHT!  You can only right UNLAWFULNESS with LAWFULNESS, and not with CRIMINALITY or UNLAWFULNESS!   God bless Nigeria.
 
Osi Okponobi

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A country that CANNOT READ!

In fact, Unilag students should feel proud to have their institution named after or associated with the symbol of Nigeria's democracy.

What also baffles me is people's inability to READ, DIGEST and UNDERSTAND information. In the same write-up, some readers CONVENIENTLY did not READ where it says "I make no other point, lest some people ask, is it right, what the President did? I am not arguing for or against, and this is not about the rightness or wrongness of his action. I am simply condemning criminality!"

People also did not READ, "Protesting, as I have said before, is not a bad thing. But in protesting, should we break the law? Should we intimidate, harass and bully others? Should we vandalise cars, loot shops and Petrol stations?". They also did not READ "Protests, by their nature are a good way of showing or expressing disagreement. By its nature, it is not a bad thing. In fact, it is lawful and a fundamental right to protest".

A country that CANNOT READ!

In fact, Unilag students should feel proud to have their institution named after or associated with the symbol of Nigeria's democracy.

What also baffles me is people's inability to READ, DIGEST and UNDERSTAND information. In the same write-up, some readers CONVENIENTLY did not READ where it says "I make no other point, lest some people ask, is it right, what the President did? I am not arguing for or against, and this is not about the rightness or wrongness of his action. I am simply condemning criminality!"

People also did not READ, "Protesting, as I have said before, is not a bad thing. But in protesting, should we break the law? Should we intimidate, harass and bully others? Should we vandalise cars, loot shops and Petrol stations?". They also did not READ "Protests, by their nature are a good way of showing or expressing disagreement. By its nature, it is not a bad thing. In fact, it is lawful and a fundamental right to protest".

@Mubarak Onyibe-AkenzuaI - The small 'god'

I'm more concerned about your comment than any other because of what you represent - Youth. If in 93 you were only 3 yrs old, it means you only read about June 12, and what it represents in the annals of Nigeria's history. And you must be a poor student of history, not to appreciate that Abiola is larger than any memorial in his honour. Abiola is the reason that you can protest without being crushed by over zealous security forces.

You must truly believe that you have been transformed to a 'god' hence your disrespect to your President. Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria, and Unilag, one of the foremost institutions, is a landmark and an iconic INSTITUTION. Why trivialise or 'tribalise' the award? Did it occur to you that Abiola was not from Lagos State, and that he has done more for Unilag and other institutions than any Nigerian, living or dead? REASON well!

lack of understandin

U knw y students always fail bcos dey dnt understand simply english even though dey speak in english.dis man here is nt sayin wot d president did was rite or ur protest is wrong,bt he said destroying property is wrong.pls try understand simple english

Re:Much Ado about Unilag...

You must be sick to vomit such nonsense on our President. I advice you to go read your book and stop talking as an insane moron. The name has come to stay and nothing you can do about it. Tell your paymasters this too. Every act of Government because of your myopic thinking of ACN, CPC it must be condemned. What have contributed toward nation building?

protest politically motivated

Obiviously this protest is highly politically motivated.Acn and some elements in the society are trying to destablize President Jonathan Government by fuelling the tensions unnecessarily.The president acted within his jurisdiction right.It is a federal university and he has right to rename the university no matter where it is situated and whosever name he wants to name,if he chosen to do so.Look! it is either Abiola name today or Obasanjo name tomorrow.So what the hell is going.President Jonathan has alot in his agenda that needs to be address, than going over this again and again.University of lagos has actually lost its past glory and needs to re-invent itself, as what the critics seen as a dumping ground for prostitude and sect members capital.The name is just in time.

When protests are not protests!

Also, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state command, Mr. Aremu Adeniran, said 11 students had been arrested and detained at the state Criminal Investigation Department for allegedly taking part in the riot.

The students had on Monday during a protest against the alleged mysterious deaths of some of their colleagues in recent time, vandalised the provost’s office, his car, 48 other vehicles and other structures within the campus.

“While the meeting was ongoing, I suddenly saw a young lady, who we later identified as Idayat, armed with an iron, went straight to my official car and started vandalising it while she directed others to carry similar action on vehicles of other members of staff.

“She occasionally ordered her colleagues to haul stones at my office whenever she sensed that someone was peeping though the window.”

The criminality of the protest is condemned!

The Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations in Lagos State, Mr Tunde Sobulo, however denied any wrong doing by the police saying the female student slumped on her own.

He explained: “We have been here since midnight, but all of a sudden, some students started leaving the campus to Herbert Marcauley road, blocking the road and started collecting money from motorists and forcing them to put green leaves on their cars as sign of solidarity with them. These were the people we pursued to the university gate. On sighting us, the students thought we were after them, hence, they started throwing stones at us".

Mind your speech

It is your comment that is useless not the article. Does renaming federal universities change anything? NO. The lecturers, structures, student and standard of lectures are stil thesame. I wil advice that those students face their studies because they dont hav tangible reason for protesting.

Professor Julius Okojie, the

Professor Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC on Thursday defended President Goodluck Jonathan’s renaming of University of Lagos after late politician and businessman, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.Okojie during a visit to the Presidential Villa said contrary to popular views, President Jonathan consulted widely before announcing a new name for the University. He however fell short of naming those consulted by the President, but in response to a question confirmed that the Senate of the University were not consulted before the announcement of the decision saying “It is not at that level he (the President) will consult but they (the Senate of the University) have been told.”

OC kudos to u--buhari to return news-print to concord today

@ chief Okeke, The Executive Secretary of NUC has said there is no big deal about students protesting government decisions also said the process process of legalising the name change for the University will be initiated at the National Assembly.“The President has never said there is no due process, he has not said we should go and pull down the Bill Board of University of Lagos today and put Moshood Abiola. He is a man who believes in due process and he won’t do anything out of the ordinary.”Okojie added that other universities have been renamed in the past: “I speak as Executive Secretary of NUC and a regulator of universities. We have had University of Ife changed in 1987 to Obafemi Awolowo University, we have had University of Sokoto, now Usman Dan Fodio University and we have had Federal University of Technology, Yola, now known as Modibbo University, Adamawa.”

Useless article

What a useless article. As a lawyer you ought to know that there are relevant laws governing such actions. You claim to live in the U.K. Can Cameron wake up one morning and rename Oxford University as King James University???? Clown. We must all fight this nonsense, else we might wake up one morning and find that all Federal Universities have been renamed.

@Mubarak Onyibe-Akenzua - In case you missed the Message!

I am curious to know which part of the write-up caused you this 'disdain' and why? Is it the asides, which were meant to be satirical and not the crux or center of the gist or the message of the write-up, which was simply, you have a right to protest, while others have a right NOT to protest. Two conflicting rights! And how do you manage these?

Secondly, if you must protest, please protest. But do not cross the line of protest and commit CRIMES like harassment, intimidation, bullying, looting, vandalism, stamping on vehicles and disrupting other people's activities. They too have rights, one of which is, the right to go about their businesses unmolested or unprevented.

The message, also was, borrow a leaf from other 'democratised' countries on how to conduct protests. it doesn't have to get violent!

DISSAPOINTING FROM OSI

Osi conveniently forgets that it is indeed a mismatch to compare a fledgling civilian government as ours to a mature and well established democratic government as the UK's.

In the UK, where Mr. Runaway patriot seemingly resides, were there not major protests when St James' park was redubbed Sports direct arena? So why is it suddenly a strange when our students protest the name change of their hallowed Uni?

His view that the manner of the protests is that of a 'minority' inconveniencing the silent majority, is a misguided one in this clime because the students are not rioting. Just blocking a few major roads because they know the government won't care if all of them died during a hunger strike!

Further, if as claimed that very own George Bush jr. consulted before making the utterance on the change, question is who did he consult? His beer buddies?

The fact is that people don't hate change, they just hate a change that they are not a part of.

The haters & killers of abiola are not all dead.. still alive

The Aboola family said no honor is too small for chief abiola. Tinubu eat and danced with abiola but did nothing to immortalize him when he became governor of Lagos state. What are the students union which incidently was suspended by the authorities long before the annoucement of MAU protesting. against in the name of democracy? Where were their thoughts when Tinubu and Fashola sacked doctors? Instead some rent area boys to demostrate against an institution or a name-borrowed from a notorious slave port in portugal. Who was consulted when the names of various universities in the North and south were changed? Ife became Awo. Akwa Zik and so on.Students don't protest against the change of names handed down to us by our past colonial masters..they work to protect our cultural identity..the entire noise has to do with the Bad belle against d abiolas and jona. Cause d arguments against MAU does not make sense one little bit. Lagos is not Yoruba its portugeeeee...cheers

Nigeria is not UK

In UK or the US, legislators and governments listen to their taxpayers. In Nigeria, I challenge you to show me which legislator or government listens to the taxpayers. The only language the average Nigerian understands is force. Nigerians will continue to have corrupt leaders as long as they think like you, that is, the adult and more "intelligent" you. To think that you'd carry placards and change the thinking of the savages that manage the affairs of Nigeria today is a fool's dream. The only language these savages would understand is violence. Only a violent revolution, the type that shook Ghana from its roots via Rawlings, would give Nigeria the right leaders it deserves.

Stanley igwe ouit hating

You are most stupid and dumb ass on this page, are you telling the whole world that because Unilag protested in 1993 means they cant protest if their rights is trample upon because MKO is involve?
one thing idiots like you and your likes dont understand is that abiola right ends where unilag students rights begins, and that is the beauty of democrazy.
If we all beleive that MKO have a mandate to defend, unilag students
also have rights to defend the name they cherish no matter what you think of their motive.
Unilag students will carry the certificate for life, even in death, not GEJ or fools like you and osi Jos,they will bear the brunt of explaining what MAU to ppl not you fools and your dumb president. Are you saying they dont have a right? infact you a dumnb ass.
One thing about unilag students is that they are not yes sir or ma like other you haters.

Much Ado about Unilag...

I read your article with utmost disdain, you explained that you were an onlooker in your days in the university, and you have no affiliation with University of Lagos. I was 3 years old in 1993, but am a student of history. Abiola is an institution likewise university of Lagos, the Nation's Pride, where mortals are forged into gods, and a sanctum of learnedness. Nigeria is not a banana republic, where one fisherman gives her citizens Greek gift, I presume you are unaware that Unilag VC who died in active service was in the mortuary when our visionless kinsman re-christianed the institution, this is an africa society, GEJ disrepected the dead. MKO Abiola, was never a sectional leader, and I strongly believed that what he needs is justice.

this guy is an idiot!

This guy is a complete idiot! Do we stay complacent and nt fight for what we believe in? Is that how to uphold democracy? Even the constitution of the federal repulic of Nigeria grants us the right to a peaceful assembly! And thus far our protests has been peaceful without any form of violence! Goodluck Jonathan should nt govern the country as if he is controlling hi household! This is why the contitution allows provides for checks and balances on the three arms of government! GEJ should practice what he preaches! As for u this writer! U be fake lawyer!u don't ĶƝ☺Ѡ o☺oº˚˚˚ your onions! Every legalists including myself will and will forever fight and ensure that the rule of law is upheld! Gbam!

Excellent Article!!

The truth is that most Nigerians have ignored the massive log of wood lodged in their eyes and are pointing at the speck in another persons eyes. Most of the mischievous persons that make the loudest noise on this forum are empty heads who cannot head even a 10 member organisation. Persons that have failed themselves and their families make the most NOISE here. If everyone is screaming about corruption, who then is corrupt? Some lazy fools make so much noise about unemployment but Ghaninians and our other west african neighbours are taken up most of the semi-skilled jobs in Nig. Everything is blamed on GEJ these days. Will GEJ brake some people's head to insert skills? MAU students accuse GEJ of UNdemocratic practises in re-naming their university but are the following democratic practises: obstructing of traffic, infringing on the rights of other road users, engaging in senseless looting in disguise of protests, forcefully recruiting protesters,etc? Mad Persons!

NIGERIAN CAMPUS OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY

The NUC chief Prof Okogie confirmed that GEJ consulted widely on the renaming of former Unilag to MAU.The protesters are still unhappy. What it is all about is simple. Many from the SW plus the alumni & teachers jumping up and down, feel that giving their ‘most prestigious university’ Abiola’s name DEBASES the institution locally and internationally.If GEJ, without consulting anyone, woke up & announced that the name of former Unilag was being changed to either:
1.MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY IN NIGERIA (MPUIN), or
2.NIGERIAN CAMPUS OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY (NCOHU), or even
3.SHIT CAMPUS OF UK OXFORD UNIVERSITY, NIGERIA (SCOUOUN), there would be no protests.All the Obas, SW politicians, students & alumni of former Unilag & their teachers would troop to Aso Rock to hail and pay homage to GEJ for job well done.It’s a shame, come June 12, the same people will make noise & pretend they love MKO.Yet their ‘most prestigious university’ must not be named after him. What a bunch!

MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY IN NIGERIA

The NUC chief Prof Okogie confirmed that GEJ consulted widely on the renaming of former Unilag to MAU.The protesters are still unhappy. What it is all about is simple. Many from the SW plus the alumni & teachers jumping up and down, feel that giving their ‘most prestigious university’ Abiola’s name DEBASES the institution locally and internationally.If GEJ, without consulting anyone, woke up & announced that the name of former Unilag was being changed to either:
1.MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY IN NIGERIA (MPUIN), or
2.NIGERIAN CAMPUS OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY (NCOHU), or even
3.SHIT CAMPUS OF UK OXFORD UNIVERSITY, NIGERIA (SCOUOUN), there would be no protests.All the Obas, SW politicians, students & alumni of former Unilag & their teachers would troop to Aso Rock to hail and pay homage to GEJ for job well done.It’s a shame, come June 12, the same people will make noise & pretend they love MKO.Yet their ‘most prestigious university’ must not be named after him. What a bunch!

Excellent Article!!

The truth is that most Nigerians have ignored the massive log of wood lodged in their eyes and are pointing at the speck in another persons eyes. Most of the mischievous persons that make the loudest noise on this forum are empty heads who cannot head even a 10 member organisation. Persons that have failed themselves and their families make the most NOISE here. If everyone is screaming about corruption, who then is corrupt? Some lazy fools make so much noise about unemployment but Ghaninians and our other west african neighbours are taken up most of the semi-skilled jobs in Nig. Everything is blamed on GEJ these days. Will GEJ brake some people's head to insert skills? MAU students accuse GEJ of UNdemocratic practises in re-naming their university but are the following democratic practises: obstructing of traffic, infringing on the rights of other road users, engaging in senseless looting in disguise of protests, forcefully recruiting protesters,etc? Mad Persons!

@Olugu Orji: Osi (nonsense) is a hungry man begging for attentio

@Olugu Orji

U said "protests here have always been larger than d immediate, triggering issues. If u didn't recognize this during ur purported stay in Jos, then one must question even d authenticity certificates u brandish"

Not everyone that claim to attend a University actually graduate. A man who was not sure his Student Union leader became NANS President should not be taking serious. In this watery thing the idiot wrote, he provided no proof of the students vandalising or harrasing anyone to justify his condemnation of the students protest. I thought a qualified lawyer will discuss on facts and not just conjure up things. LET THE FOOL POINT OUT WHAT LAW THE STUDENTS HAVE BROKEN IF INDEED HE'S A LAWYER.

Diaspora Dissonance

A man wangles his way abroad & characterizes everything back home as 'primitive.' But the most annoying part is the pontification. To think that it's ur ilk our leaders consort with in their endless globetrotting is absolutely nauseating. You probably can't tell d difference between someone having a mild cold & one whose life depends on d next breath. Tunisia, Egypt & Libya weren't half as distressed as Nigeria but see far they went to reclaim their patrimony. I congratulate you for smartly relocating in accord with ur confessed habit of staying on the fringes but don't be certain you'll be spared when the time bomb explodes. A suggestion on how you could've titled ur convoluted piece, "HOW PROTESTS ARE DONE WHERE I'M NOW HOLED UP.

Osi was a mere spectator at UniJos !

For once this fake lawyer confessed he was a mere spectator at the University of Jos when others were protesting against unjust policies, this mumu stood aside watching.
Exactly what is his issue with students protesting? Must all of us be "Yes Ma, Yes Sir" like him? Did the students vandalise anything ? No. People's protest forced IBB out of power ! People's protest forced the Yaradua cabal to hand-over to his kinsman, moron Jonathan ? He saw nothing wrong when Tunde Bakare led people to Abuja to protest the ill-treatment of Jonathan in the hands of Turai while this nonentity Osi stood by watching as usual. But the moment people protest against his kinsman, he claims his fundamental human right has been infringed upon. Stupid ethnic champion ! Animals too wan get right !
A lawyer who can't cite one section of the law or constitution in all the rubbish he wrote is a fake!

Osi was a mere spectator at UniJos !

For once this fake lawyer confessed he was a mere spectator at the University of Jos when others were protesting against unjust policies, this mumu stood aside watching.
Exactly what is his issue with students protesting? Must all of us be "Yes Ma, Yes Sir" like him? Did the students vandalise anything ? No. People's protest forced IBB out of power ! People's protest forced the Yaradua cabal to hand-over to his kinsman, moron Jonathan ? He saw nothing wrong when Tunde Bakare led people to Abuja to protest the ill-treatment of Jonathan in the hands of Turai while this nonentity Osi stood by watching as usual. But the moment people protest against his kinsman, he claims his fundamental human right has been infringed upon. Stupid ethnic champion ! Animals too wan get right !
A lawyer who can't cite one section of the law or constitution in all the rubbish he wrote is a fake!

Prodigal

Osi if you'd started & ended with title of the piece, I won't have commented Truth is, what is happening is much more than protest, & if memory serves, protests here have always been larger than d immediate, triggering issues. If u didn't recognize this during ur purported stay in Jos, then one must question even d authenticity certificates u brandish

They are wiser than other schools their own was changed.

In 1993, UNILAG students protested against the annulment of Abiola's June 12 mandate. Today they are protesting that their school was used to honour the same man. You can now understand that may people that hit the street for protest don't actually understand what they are protesting.
what is expected by those who said that due process was not followed, is to make sure that due process was effected because it is not late to do so.
If unilag student whether out of ignorance risked their life to protest against june 12 annulment then one should question what is in the name of their school that they can't sacrifice for the sake of Abiola. The truth is that, the protest is not against Abiola but against Jonathan. Every argument they have throw up so far to justify their protest is foolish.

Osi Okponobi You Aree And Idiot

Yours is a complete waste of time and belongs to the trash. Foolish man.
Why put in my title? YOU MAY WONDER, because I want to assure you that men and women of all class must call you what you are, A FOOLISH IDIOT.