Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Why I renamed UNILAG

President Goodluck Ebebe Jonathan has explained why he renamed the University of Lagos (UNILAG) after the late Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola who’s presumed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential election. According to Jonathan, Chief Abiola who died in 1998 in detention deserved to be honoured.






He said: “As a starting point, we must draw strength from our history and work to ensure that the labour of our heroes past is not in vain. It is partly for this and other reasons, that I have directed, as part of the activities marking  Democracy Day, that due processes should be initiated for the building of a presidential museum in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. This museum will document the lives and times of Nigeria’s presidents and heads of government since 1960, and remind us, by extension, of the high points of our national history.
“It is also in this regard that the Federal Government has decided that late Chief M.K.O. Abiola be honoured, for paying the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of justice and truth. Destiny and circumstances conspired to place upon his shoulders, a historic burden, and he rose to the occasion with character and courage. He deserves recognition for his martyrdom, and public-spiritedness and for being the man of history that he was.  We need in our land, more men and women who will stand up to defend their beliefs, and whose example will further enrich our democracy.
After very careful consideration, and in honour of Chief M.K.O. Abiola’s accomplishments and heroism, on this Democracy Day, the University of Lagos, is renamed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Moshood Abiola University, Lagos. The Federal Government will also establish an Institute of Democratic Studies and Governance in the university”.
Abiola’s state, Ogun, had named a polytechnic and a stadium after the late business mogul. The President who started with the history of how far Nigeria had come, spoke on his agriculture policy and how determined his administration was, in making the reforms in the sector work. “Let me reiterate my personal passion and commitment to driving the agricultural transformation for Nigeria. The prosperity of Nigeria must start with improving the living standards of our farmers, and revitalizing rural economies across the nation.
 CUddled from Dailypost

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