Jonathan’s Tears And Teargas: Female Student Slumps As Police Invade University Of Lagos

By SaharaReporters, New York

Several sources in the University of Lagos have confirmed that a female English Language student lost consciousness today after inhaling toxic teargas fumes discharged into the air by policemen at the campus gate as the students attempted to commence a ‘Day Three’ protest against the re-christening of their 50 year-old institution.



The students had converged at the Campus gate, defying security warnings, to march on the streets.  The policemen deployed to the area dispersed them by discharging a canister of teargas. Eye witnesses say thick fumes from the teargas engulfed the protesters, bringing down one of them.

A source at the university’s health center on the UNILAG campus confirmed to us that the lady, partly identified as Funmi, has recovered from her respiratory distress and is back on her feet.

  As of the time of filing this report, many of the students had started moving out of the campus to their various homes. The main gate has also been closed against entry while electricity supply has also been disconnected from the various hostels.

The students had protested the renaming of the institution by President Goodluck Jonathan in his nationwide television broadcast during the ruling party’s Democracy Day. 

Once the students heard the abrupt renaming, they immediately poured into the streets of Lagos.  Among other actions, they barricaded the Sabo-Yaba access roads to the Campus gate.

The protest continued on Wednesday as the students, who complained about the loss of the name recognition of the university, ignored a drizzle and invaded the Third Mainland Bridge, thereby worsening the city’s traffic situation.



Yesterday, during the funeral service for the university’s former Vice Chancellor, Late Babatunde Shofoluwe, the students took their protest to the premises of the All Saints Church at Yaba. It took the persuasion of the school’s authorities and the security chiefs present at the funeral service to calm the students who occupied the Herbert Macaulay way with the train conveying the body of the Late Vice Chancellor.



Leaders of splinter groups formed to protest the re-christening of the University have threatened to continue the fight in court.  Already, a graduate student of the university has sued President Jonathan and the Attorney-General of the Federation in a Lagos court, challenging the name change.  
 

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it is highly unlikely that

it is highly unlikely that any good thing will come out of this name change, seeing as I am still waiting for the good thing to come out of the subsidy debacle

RE-MAULAG

It is very unfortunate and a disgrace to the entire student of UNILAG that the re-naming of their school could spark such violence.I don't think those students protesting are geniue UNILAG students and true sons of yoruba land, otherwise considering the contribution to the development of UNILAG and education in general,the students of UNILAG ought to jubilate instead of protesting.
By this report, sahara has shown that it is into junk journalisn.This is sensational.

its simple your blind...you

its simple your blind...you probably did not school in Nigeria and if you did you did not have the opportunity to come to THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS...shey as d country be na MKO na him be d light abi, or na him be the good education your children would have (assuming u have any), or is that the proper infrastructure, did u listen to that address on may 29th?, am sure u didn't, if u did u'll realise that your JONAH has legalised ur country to be a dumping ground. No light, no food, no jobs, no road, 1 point agenda nko, and den you HYPOCRITE sit on that soap box of yours and claim to understand the situation...mtchew...1 billion naira will be spent on the supposed renaming yet budget allocation for one school no reach dat amount ooo...who you be sef...bloody HYPOCRITE...UNILAG FOREVER....GREATEST AKOKITE...only an AKOKITE knows the pains of an AKOKITE. lobatan

Maulag

You are all missing the point and I am worried.
The question we should all be asking is what has the change in nomenclature from Unilag to Maulag got to do with the price of fish!Our health system is in shambles, our educational systems have hit the rocks, poverty is at its peak and security is none existent and I could go on for at least 10 pages!
Its the cheapest publicity stunt I have seen in a while and GEJ et al. should please focus on the task ahead in creating the Nigeria we all dream and long for instead of organizing naming ceremonies for institutions that already have GOOD NAMES!

Unilag

I believe that the president meant well. Though he has not really told us the benefit the country will derive from the new name of unilag, I am very sure that something good will come out of it. One of them is that the abiola family and the followers of abiola will now want to invest in the school and give the school a phase lift. Abiola was a man identified with success. The university will now stand tall not just in Nigeria but in the whole world. Please believe the president.

Unilag

I believe that the president meant well. Though he has not really told us the benefit the country will derive from the new name of unilag, I am very sure that something good will come out of it. One of them is that the abiola family and the followers of abiola will now want to invest in the school and give the school a phase lift. Abiola was a man identified with success. The university will now stand tall not just in Nigeria but in the whole world. Please believe the president.

Unilateral

I believe that the president meant well. Though he has not really told us the benefit the country will derive from the new name of unilag, I am very sure that something good will come out of it. One of them is that the abiola family and the followers of abiola will now want to invest in the school and give the school a phase lift. Abiola was a man identified with success. The university will now stand tall not just in Nigeria but in the whole world. Please believe the president.

kleptocracy and not democracy

For those of u dat supported d renaming of unilag gud, A day come and ur surname will b changed to ur landlords. Is ASO villa too.much to be renamed for MKO. And is it too much if democracy day is celebrated on June 12 as a memorial.. Some of u ar outside the country saying lots of stuffs. Ur president does not care about democracy,I can promise u all Oct 1st is coming wit a surprise. Let's stop dis rogues called leaders who rule nigeria as if its their family house... Lets pray for democracy. cos dis is not democracy

PEACE PLEASE

Lets give peace chance, Nigeria will be well, Insha Allahu

My only fear is the death of any student

With the way the protest is going, my only fear is the death of another student. I believe this issue should be settled in court. Unilag has produced numerous SANs and they can come together and file a suit against the president. Jonathan is far away in Abuja, it's only the students and residents of lag who are bearing the brunt.

Bomb everytime

I think every little celebration now, GEJ is throwing bomb. Remember on January 1st, he threw bomb of Fuel Subsidy, May 29, Bomb of Unilag, I think this man should be suspected of the earlier October 1st bomb that involve Okar Henrry. Who knows which one is coming on the next celebration nowwwwww. But why is he always making mistakes??????? I think he needs divine intervention. Those pastors that bowed him down during campaign have left him or what,or they have chopped their own and left the rest. God is watching all of you.

Stupidity should be your 1st

Stupidity should be your 1st name...you are truly the Hypocrite you titled your comment! What do u mean by Showbiz????....I believe you never even went to school. Even an empty brain can be put to good use if you manage it well. Best graduates come from Unilag and a few other Universities like it. you will not comment on how the University is doing excellent in diff competitions both locally and internationally. Anyways you cant even have such information....... Am sure it is people like you that carry their fake 1st class around just in paper but cant speak good English or write or dress smart or know how to integrate!...is dat what you call showbiz??..It's not all about academics...it's about an all round total package!... Get it right Mister!

Re: Mko deserves more

Fear no gree u put ur name? Msheeeew!!!! A true Akokıte wld never make dat ur crazy statement. Has the renamıng of Unılag reduced terrıorıst attacks ın 9ja? Has ıt put food on our table? Has ıt ımproved our educatıonal sector? It's a shame that we have a govt that can negotıate wıth terrıorısts but cant sıt down and negotıate wıth stakeholders? We saw ıt ın d Subsıdy crısıs and now ın d renamıng of UNILAG. Abıola deserves to be honoured defınıtely but there are a mıllıon and one ways to do ıt wıthout changıng d name of an ınstıtutıon he (GEJ) dıd not buıld and attend! Let hım start by makıng June 12 a publıc holıday and recognızıng d valıdıty of the June 12th electıon and declarıng Abıola a former presıdent of the Federal Republıc of Nıgerıa and accordıng hım post-homorous benefıts of a former presıdent!

THINKING ALOUD

I see no reason why a rejected benevolent act of generosity should be imposed on the people. It seems so noble though but its illegality surpasses its nobility.
You offered a gift instead of being appreciated for your supposedly kind gesture you are being booed and butted along side with your gift. I think something is wrong
If democracy is about the people and if indeed the government is for the people then let the voice of the people be the voice of the gods. Find out what the people wants and let their wish be duly represented.the way your PDP and its Umbrella logo is important to you same way our UNILAG is to us... Unilag is not just a name it's our identity
GEJ we are not asking for any endowment from you, just let us be
You cannot rob Peter to pay Paul.

THINKING ALOUD

I see no reason why a rejected benevolent act of generosity should be imposed on the people. It seems so noble though but its illegality surpasses its nobility.
You offered a gift instead of being appreciated for your supposedly kind gesture you are being booed and butted along side with your gift. I think something is wrong
If democracy is about the people and if indeed the government is for the people then let the voice of the people be the voice of the gods. Find out what the people wants and let their wish be duly represented.
christening a higher institution that is located in the South Western part of the country after the late M.K.O is a way of telling us that he (Abiola)is a regional politician, that the price he paid for democracy is for his region only and as such he is not a nationalist else what is wrong with immortalizing him with nameless national monuments in Abuja?
GEJ we are not asking for any endowment from you, just let us be
You cannot rob Peter to pay Paul.

RE-MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY IN NIGERIA

I read your comments several times trying to make sense out of it and I sense a subtle geo-politcal bigotry against SW. I went through Great Ife (83-88) and while there, It was renamed OAU. I really did not like the idea then and my fear at that renaming was realised decades later. Don't get me wrong I adored Awo politically. I maybe biased as I saw Ife as the MPUN of my day. I went to UniKent Canterbury for MSc and starting another MSc in Managenement at Univ of Glamorgan. My CV says Univ of Ife and why, so that my potential employers can be able to have some degree of recognition of my alma-mata rather than dumping my cv in the bin simply because they can't pronounce my alma-mata Great Ife. Any Nigerian professional in the diaspora will understand what I am saying & it has worked for me for 20yrs in UK. For you to now turn your nose up and insult people of the SW simply because you habour political dislike is cheap and somewhat typical.

Wia is d Nigeria Student Union

I want to enjoin d Unilag students to gv peace a chance na jst 4-5 yrs u r out d greater challenge lies outsid d annals of d wall of d school so guys no tym to stay extras at school.i also hope d national association of Nigerian student(NANS) shud rise up to d occasion of demanding for corruptible events in government. Fuel subsidy probe et al

Asshole

Fcuk you, Naijababe. You probably went to some gutter poly yourself, if you went to school, that is. Hate all you want, they're fighting for their status.
Once again- fcuk you.

Asshole

Fcuk you, Naijababe. You probably went to some gutter poly yourself, if you went to school, that is. Hate all you want, they're fighting for their status.
Once again- fcuk you.

mr reuben abati have the key

d manner GEJ is deflecting d tyres of opposition sends a signal dat mr abati is in possession of red file of d opposition. dat he named unilag to abiola is a big blow 2dos pple dat play politics of sentimental. as it stands now anoda card may soon hit d table. what a good team. ACN and ors are crying wolf simply becos GEJ made d smart moves b4 dem

STILL ON UNILAG AND JONA

I thought the country was broke , the cost of name change to Unilag is enomous, all documents, files,signage, websiteetc has to be changed. even JAMB has to reprint new brochures. I think this money can be better used to equip the schools library with much needed computers , build more classrooms to accomodate more students.

Hypocrisy!!!

If the name ''Moshood'' will make the University more accademic than fanciful, then let it be. Unilag is more of a showbiz than an academic institution and what Jonathan did is simply to correct that.

THE ILLOGICAL NATURE OF THIS ILL-FATED DECISION .

The concept of "name" as a means of identification is as old as language in human evolution.It takes at least two parties for a name to be effective in use,the caller and the subject,however the subject must accept the name for the name to make sense.If a name is rejected by the subject for any reason,acrimony takes over,for instance when black slaves were called"nigger" during the days of slavery,they despised this name but had to cope with it because they could do little about it,they were in bondage.Common sense dictates the tune here,there must be "CONSENT" because it is a social contract between two parties,when the element of consent is non-existent,a name is "enforced",and will be rejected at the first opportunity sometimes in a belligerent manner.While the change of name may not be an issue,the way and manner for such a change matters a lot.

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!

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 noice & pretend they love MKO.Yet their ‘most prestigious university’ must not be named after him. What a bunch!

MOST PRESTIIOUS 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 noice & pretend they love MKO.Yet their ‘most prestigious university’ must not be named after him. What a bunch!

"UNILAG"

WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS GEJ HAS , THE MOST IMPORTANT TO HIM IS RENAMING A UNIVERSITY AGAINST EVERYONE'S WILL. GEJ YOU ARE SETTING PDP UP FOR A BAD FALL WHEN YOU LOSE THE LITTLE SUPPORT YOU HAVE IN THE SOUTH AND SOUTH EAST YOUR PROBLEMS WILL THEN START,LEAVE UNILAG ALONE AND HANDLE OTHER MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE.

Good Yorubas are paying the price

When majority of yorubas were busy singing a chorus that they voted for Jonathan not PDP and leaving thier ACN candidate Ribadu without any sense of remorse but delight. It's time to reap what you sow. Foolish hypocrites.....

Bizarre and Misguided leadership decision

There are many ways to honor MKO Abiola. He loved sports and was a football fanatic. In fact he was given the contract to build the Abuja National Stadium by his friend – IBB, before they became political enemies. That stadium should be renamed after him. I think that renaming UNILAG after MKO Abiola was a bizarre and misguided decision. No proper consultation was made and that’s why the students are protesting. Most of leading is about making decisions. A wise leader must depend on God and godly advisers when making tough decisions – especially decisions that impact and alter peoples’ lives. Life changing decision must not be made based on human intellect and rationalization only but must be made based on divine wisdom.

Name change.

Hi guys,you better thank your God Obasanjo is still alive.What will you have done if the school is rechristened OBJ University.You are lucky ooh!