ACN Denies Instigating UNILAG Protests, Says Honour Done To MKO Abiola Appears Sectional

UNILAG students protesting yesterday
By Alhaji Lai Mohammed- National Publicity Secretary Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has denied the PDP's accusation that the party was behind the protests by the students of the University of Lagos against the federal government's decision to change the institution's name to Moshood Abiola University.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said rather than blame the opposition for the protests, the PDP should be concerned with how the Jonathan Administration has once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by reaching the right destination through illegal routes.

ACN said while it is not opposed to any action to honour the most prominent martyr of Nigeria's democracy, Chief Moshood Abiola, it is opposed to the sectional nature of the honour and the diminished importance of naming a university after prominent personalities, especially someone like Chief Abiola.

''Chief Abiola clearly won a national election, and this has been
acknowledged by the government itself. Any honour to be conferred on him must reflect that. While it can be argued that UNILAG is a federal university, the truth remains that it is based in the South-west.

 ''Also, in an era in which the establishment of universities have been liberalised, everyone with access to funds can now set up a university and name it after himself or herself. That has definitely eroded the importance attached to naming such institutions after national heroes, including Chief Moshood Abiola, winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election,'' it said.

 ACN however said it disagrees with insinuations in certain quarters that the decision to honour Chief Abiola was aimed at garnering political benefits, saying Nigerians in general and the people of the South-west in particular are too sophisticated to be hoodwinked by such pandering.

The party said based on media reports, the protests by UNILAG students were spontaneous because the students, staff and alumni of the institution were shocked that the government did not consult them, as stakeholders, before taking the decision to change the name. Neither were the university's Senate and Council even informed of the impending decision.

It said the ACN had never shied away from fighting for its beliefs or giving vent to its opinion on any issue, hence does not need to instigate anyone, least of all the very discerning students of one of the country's top universities, to fight for it.

''What happened was that while President Goodluck Jonathan may have
meant well in honouring a man who gave his blood to wet the seed of democracy being enjoyed in the country today, an action that should have earned him general commendation instead fetched him widespread criticism because his advisers and his bumbling party (PDP), as usual, failed him. Perhaps he also did not think the action through before announcing it.

''President Jonathanhas access to the best legal advice possible. Had his advisers cared enough, they would have told him that since UNILAG was set up by an Act, it would require an amendment to that Act to change its name. They would also have told him that there are other options through which he could use his presidential fiat without creating the kind of unfortunate confusion that has greeted his decision on Chief Abiola.

''Such options include making June 12th or the birthday of the late Chief Abiola a national holiday; naming the Eagle Square or the National Stadium, both in Abuja, after him, and acknowledging - as the whole world knows - that he won the 1993 presidential election (instead of calling him a presumed winner) and posthumously inducting him into the league of former Presidents.

President Jonathan could still have honoured our country's most prominent democracy martyr as he did without running into a hail of criticisms and protests, which now threaten to taint a well deserved honour.

The party said since it is now obvious that President Goodluck Jonathan is not getting the high quality pieces of advice he requires to make right decisions on several issues, he may have to be more wary of the direction in which his advisers are leading him.

''We will cite two recent cases in which the President could have acted differently and on the side of the rule of law and the Constitution

of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. One, the Salami case: Reinstating the respected jurist as the President of the Court of Appeal as recommended by the NJC, and two, coming out clearly on the side of the people and the law by preventing the kind of equivocation from his administration on the need to robustly prosecute those fingered in the fuel subsidy probe by the House of Representatives.

''In the end, President Jonathan should know that the buck stops at his desk, and that he, and not his advisers, will take the blame or the glory for whatever decisions he makes as President,'' ACN said.

Lagos, 31 May 2012

 

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I luv ur comment, they want a

I luv ur comment, they want a name wit swags forgettin their sole purpose to skl. These will be the same pple dat in later years will be talkin abt bein patriotic, they dont know dat change starts from our attitude.

@elrufai you are the most stupid person !

@elrufai, you are the most stupid person on earth ever seen. Your creation is no doubt a mistake and you are better fit in animal kingdom. If you could call the most sophisticated, most intelligent and most educated people in Africa mediocres, so what will you call your own people who are far far less than being human. The fact that God in His infinite mercies decided to create you and give you a chance to see if you would be useful to your people does not give you the temerity to abuse anyone just because you and your ethnic group can never measure up to them. What pains me most is that you do not appreciate the fact that you are recognised to be human just because you can talk where in fact you are sub-human and animalistic with no reasoning faculty. That is why all you could write here is to write absurdity as if you are sending text message. What a pity to have you in a country full of intellectuals and very intelligent people except you, your family, and tribe

@Thrustworthy

My mission is to make believers out of you doubters and fearfuls. The one nigeria thing is only propagated by those and only those benefitting from the present system. You mentioned east and west germany, i've lived here for over 21yrs and I can tell you the fine differences b/t the german case and nigeria-1,it is not a forced marriage,2 the people of the east and west are of the same stock, same language,culture,sense of purpose,same religion,mentality, values,educational standard, same history(even after 1945) man I can go on forever. Now tell me which of the above applies to nigeria and "nigerians"? So who needs to shine his brains here? All I am asking for, is to be able to come "home" after a long sojourn, to my pple, in the eledumare given space to my ancestors and enjoy life with pple who share the same tradition and culture with me. Is this too much to ask?

What a stupid way to defend

What a stupid way to defend indefensible. Is FGN wrong to name an institution that belongs to her? No. Check the constitution. Is MKO worthy of UNILAG Hmmm. Let us leave that to God. Did he win the election and was denied? Yes Was MKO a democracy activist? NO, but he defended his mandate with his life . Has the FGN done well by renaming UNILAG after MKO without NASS? NO but MKO deserves the honor. Let FGN present it to NASS if it is stated in the Constitution .FGN has done well. Let us leave this issue and face squarely where Nigeria is most hurting, Power, Economy, Security and Jobs. FGN needs assistance now.

Wao!

ACN, u're hypothetical on dis issue.....did u advice Fashola b4 he sack d 778 Doctors?

NAIJA

I DONT SEE ANYTHING WRONG IN NAMING UNILAG AFTER MKO ABIOLA.FORGET IT WHETHER THE GOLD IS FOUND IN SOUTHWEST NIGERIA. UNILAG IS THE GOLD MEDAL.
GEJ IS TROUBLING ALL THE ESTABLISHMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN RIPPING OFF THE GOODIES MEANT FOR THE NIGERIAN PEOPLE. THEY ARE 'REPUTABLE'LAWYERS, DOCTORS, PROFESSORS, PRO-DEMOCRATIC LORDS, ETC
THIS MAY BE THE BEGINNING OF THEIR END. I NEVER BELIEVE ANYBODY COULD OPPOSE THIS GOLD AWARD TO MKO. THEY SAY WHY NOT BUILD A NEW UNIVERSITY AND NAME IT AFTER MKO (SILVER AWARD). THEY SAY WHY NOT NAME NATIONAL STADIUM AFTER MKO (BRONZE AWARD) THEY SAY WHY NOT NAME EAGLE SQUARE AFTER MKO (BRONZE AWARD).
I WENT TO AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA AND EVEN AT MY WORK PLACE, I NEVER SEE ANY UNILAG GRADUATE THAT CAN CHALLENGE ME TECHNICALLY EXCEPT POLITICAL NOISE MAKING. THATS WHY WE ARE BACKWARD IN THIS COUNTRY B/C WE MAKE MORE NOISE THAN WHAT WE CAN USE OUR HAND TO DO.
PLEASE LEAVE THIS GOLD AWARD FOR MKO. LEAVE GEJ ALONE.

Lai

How many press statements does this man release in a day. Compilation of all his statements with give rise to over 50 volumes of books. Haba!!!!!! Na only CAN be opposition for this country?

Shameless Lai

when will Nigerians knw that all this pple (Jona,Tinubu,Buhari) are all selfish? The useless Lai alws speak only when smtin is nt favouring. What have they said abt pple dying at Lagos hospitals or is it bcs Fashola is ACN? SHAMELESS ELDERS.

hypocrites

Something is definitely wrong with the entire yoruba race...hyper mediocares,bunch of hypocrites...may be we should change FUT minna to MKO university to appease these gluttons...let's I forget,is there any higher institution of learning bearing a non-yoruba name...? What a tribe...snakes with 2 head....arrant nonsense

really...

Something is definitely wrong with the entire yoruba race...hyper mediocares,bunch of hypocrites...may be we should change FUT minna to MKO university to appease these gluttons...let's I forget,is there any higher institution of learning bearing a non-yoruba name...? What a tribe...snakes with 2 head....arrant nonsense

Corruption, incompetence and doom = Jona regime

It's very unfortunate that bro Jona has surrounded himself with nitwits, scammers, crooks and misfits like Reuben Abati, the journalistic turncoat who is desperate to be seen as Dumbo's chief scoundrel. But by far a worse cast of incompetents surrounding the bumbling Jona is the one made up of Igbos like the corrupt Okonjo-iweala and the indolent and crooked Barth Nnaji. These igbos are obsessed with only one thing- money, ill-gotten money. And of course, there are northern bastards like the little comic called Maku whose every pronouncement as so-called Information minister is sure to infuriate and insult our sensibilities. In our N-Delta, Jona relies on an old wind-pipe like Edwin Clark, on Azazi the gun-runner and the wannabe mullah of the Delta, the ghastly Dokubo. No wonder Nigeria is fast collapsing!

Re: Divide we will

My brother I so feel you. Unfortunately Nigeria will never break. Is either you guys start to pray for a better tomorrow or everyone leaves to feel the pain. Think of building a nation and not destroying one. Where is East and West Germany today. Think twice before you pray ill for your children and their generation. America had more turbulent political journey and is still going through it, yet they stand united, have you ever asked yourself why? This should be enough 'food for thought'. I leave you with these as you hardly think before you comment. Shine your eyes.

ACN Once More?

It's so unfortunate the same ACN which helped install Jonathan amidst the so called free and fair election of 2011 is once more receiving the cane from the ruling PDP. First of all, it was ACN that instigated the removal of fuel subsidy demonstrations, now UNILAG. Tomorrow it will be CPC. These guys have lacked ideas to governance. Please we don't want any distractions, we need positive action not negative ones. This guy has wasted one year of his fruitful time doing nothing cos he never had anything to give but the shoes he never had. Infact Jonathan and the PDP should rename Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Or London School of Economics and Harvard. Anyway a leader who is loved from the begining is always hated at the end of his tenure and vice versa. History will vindicate Babangida and Buhari, the two former leaders.

divide we will

PDP and janatan can change whatever they want but the very day we all went our different ways, every name and thing will be changed to the way we the pple of the southwest deem them right for US. Does 2015 ring a bell?

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