SNG Rejects How UNILAG Was Named After MKO Abiola

By Yinka Odumakin

The Save Nigeria Group(SNG) while acknowledging the eternal place of Bashorun M.K.O Abiola, the winner of June 12 elections, in the political history of Nigeria and would want the highest possible honor done to him; deplores the indecent manner in which President Goodluck Jonathan has re-named the University of Lagos after him.

Renaming a University established by law through presidential fiat is an abuse of power which would make even the symbol of democracy turn several times in his grave as he died in the process of fighting against arbitrariness and rule of he thumb which the annulment of June 12 represented.

It is violation of the principles and tenets of democracy which government officials are celebrating to go on air to announce the renaming of an institution like the University of Lagos without any consultations with the university community in a manner reminiscent of the autocratic ways of the military brass hats who denied Abiola his victory in 1993 because they arrogated to themselves better knowledge than 14 million Nigerians who went to the polls.

This presidential misdemeanor displayed on the purported renaming of the University of Lagos  without due process is at the heart of  the mis-governance that has been the signature of a "democratic" president behaving like an Emperor in the last one year.

The scant regard for appropriation laws that led to the theft of N3 trillion on fuel subsidy whereas only N245 billion was appropriated, the deployment of soldiers against peaceful protesters against the law and other violations of due process in the last one year; are all signals of a dangerous mindset driving the country into a full dictatorship while pretending to a democratic order.

It is high time President Jonathan embraced a democratic mindset and stop behaving like maximum ruler.
We restate our demand that M.K.O Abiola must be given a befitting honor or the  sacrifices he made for democracy in Nigeria in a decent and worthy manner.

Yinka Odumakin.

Spokesman.

Save Nigeria Group.

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Abiola deserves to be

Abiola deserves to be honored, but not like this.
This was a cheap attempt to buy the yoruba man,an insult to the yoruba man and the country and an eye opener to the kind advisers Mr president surrounds himself with.
All in all another new depth realised in this comedy of errors called "the Goodluck adminstration".

GEJ got it Right.

Hypocrisy! they want somewhere in Abuja or May 29 democracy day in Abiola`s honor but,not university of Lagos.

What's the big deal about the

What's the big deal about the name if the students get can get quality and functional education from the University!

These miscreants and hooligans should go and read their books and see if they can graduate and join the ever stretching queue of unemployed and never to be employed Nigerian graduates!

The depth of deprivation and suffering in Nigeria has reduced our youths to unthinking robots and copycats, such that their default reaction to any change is wanton display of lawlessness and hooliganism.

Also this goes a long way to underscore the congenital hypocrisy of the yoroba people who seize every opportunity to claim that MKO Abiola died in the struggle for democracy, yet they are protesting and demonstrating against the naming of a federal University (which they have converted to a yoroba tribal institution) after their hero of democracy!

RUBBISH STUPID PEOPLE!

JONATHAN WAXING STRONG BY THE DAY JEALOUSY GO KILL UNA

Just read this release by SNG and you will discover that they no longer have anything to offer. Jonathan has defeated all of them hands down but they must observe the rule: just say something against Jonathan whether it makes sense or not. How are they sure that Jonathan never consulted with the University Community? What is the proper definition of University Community and how broad is that Community. Will it include those Yoruba "area boys" who are demonstrating in UNILAG? For me, today is a very sad day. I never knew that the image and name of MKO Abiola could be so tarnished in Nigeria by the Yorubas until today just because of their blind opposition to Jonathan.

THIS IS JUST PLAIN STUPID.....

WHO MAKES SUCH A DUMB ASS DECISION? IF YOU WANT TO SUCK UP TO THE SOUTH WEST OR ACN, IT NEEDS TO BE DONE THE RIGHT WAY. THIS IS JUST WRONG. THE GOVT SHOULD HAVE INVOLVE THE PUBLIC IN THE DISCUSSION TO ENSURE GOOD DEBATE AND OUTCOME . THE GOVT GOOD INTENTION HAS NOW BEING SMEARED BY DEMOSTRATION AND CRITISISM. GEJS ADVISERS HAS DONE HIM A GREAT DISERVICE . UNILAG IS AN ICONIC INSITUTION.

Please ignore the mad man called Ken Mani

Ignore that mad man called Ken Mani. He needs to be administered with some Lagatil tablets for mad men. Would sure get you some from Yaba Left.

Name it Isaac Boro University

Please name the university after Isaac Boro in recognition of the sacrifices of the South-South from where the resources that sustain the country emanate. We do not have to quarrel with the South West for their disdain toward Chief Abiola. The South West seems to have been intoxicated by too much monthly allocation from oil revenue otherwise what is there to fight over recognition of one of your own who symbolised the values of democracy over military tyranny and dictatorship. I do hope the Abiola family is watching this unfolding drama. So much for the political sophistication and unity of the South West.

I smell a rat!

Wait a minute, Unilag now MKO University? Something sounds out of sync here. I suspect desperation. Why Abiola and why now? Couldn't he have tested the waters by first renaming Uniport after Isaac Boro or Saro-Wiwa?

SNG always seeking media attention

I believe the SNG has derailed. It is now an official organ used in fighting the presidency. This will not take us anywhere instead it will break our ranks in trying to propagate good governance. Sometimes I wonder if there is a hidden agenda SNG is prosecuting. I think MKO deserved to be honored so. Odumakin and co should stop planting politics of HATRED.

Well said

with no dispute, the manner this man is running Nigeria is definitely undemocratic :|. He is just too full of error.. SUBSIDY Removal Error, SACKING of JUSTICE SALAMI Error and Now again Error. Who give this man advice sef? Abeg na him know jare

I bow for una o!

Yinka Odumakin, one day you are spokesman of General Buhari, the man who came into power through a coup, the next minute you are spokes person of Save Nigeria group, preaching democratic ideals. People like you have emptied whatever credibility that was left of SNG. Indeed, MKO will turn in his grave

BLIND OPPOSITION TO JONATHAN HAVE MADE THE YORUBA'S SO STUPID

I said it and now it is happening. When the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani who are pursuing their selfish agenda of making the country ungovernable for Jonathan successfully recruited the Yoruba's into their plot, I never knew it would get to the point where the Yoruba's will become so stupid. Just look at what happened today on the renaming of UNILAG. A decision that would have called for celebrations all over Nigeria including in Yorubaland. But just because it was Jonathan's decision and they must oppose everything and anything done by Jonathan even when he is very right; just because of that, they started an unnecessary protest that obviously showed them up as stupid. Of a truth, blind opposition to Jonathan have made the Yoruba's so stupid. I hope they rediscover themselves.

MKO VARSITY? TOO LATE IN THE DAY

This Jonathan has lost it! How do you change the name of a 50-year old Varsity for political expediency purposes?

As I write, UNILAG students are on the streets protesting the "honour"!

If the aim was to bribe the Yorubas, the effort is wasted. Abacha did enough damage stealing MKO s mandate, Obasanjo worsened it by pretending MKO died in vain. If MKO is to be honoured, there are major highways or Abuja National stadium or university to name after him.

MKO did not die for Lagos democracy, he died for NIGERIAN democracy without which these looters would not be raping the economy blind. Shame on Jonathan who may wish to see the renaming as yet another achievement!

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Fantastic

Fantastic write up. God bless you Yinka. You spoke my mind. Abiola deserves better than this.