UNILAG/MAULAG Debacle: Convocation IndefinitelyPostponed As GEJ Insists On Having His Way

“The Management of the
University of Lagos wish
to inform all members of
the University Community
and the general public
that the Golden Jubilee
Convocation Ceremonies
will not hold at the
University’s normal
Convocation period (January 17 to 19, 2013).”
The above was part of a statement by the Deputy Registrar,
Information, University of Lagos, Mr. Oluwatoyin Adegbule,
announcing the indefinite postponement of the Institution’s
convocation earlier scheduled to take place between
Thursday (today) and Saturday.
Though the university did not state any reason for the
postponement, it however regretted “any inconvenience this
may have caused our stakeholders.” But informationng.com
gathers that the development may not be unconnected with
President Goodluck Jonathan’s insistence to rename UNILAG
as Moshood Abiola University of Lagos (MAULAG) and
effect the change in its certificates as a condition for
holding the convocation.
informationng.com reports that Jonathan on May 29, 2012, in
a nation wide broadcast that shocked not a few, renamed
UNILAG after the late Chief Moshood Abiola as a mark of
honour for the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993
presidential election.
The announcement was greeted by protests, with the
students demonstrating, and the alumni association asking a
Federal High Court, Lagos to restrain the Federal
Government from renaming the institution.
It was further learnt that the university decided to postpone
the convocation because the President said he would not
attend the convocation except the name change was
effected; a move the university has not obliged as it insisted
on retaining its name pending the outcome of different
suits pending in court.
The postponement became necessary when the institution
sent a letter informing the President as the Visitor to the
university, about the convocation through the Federal
Ministry of Education since last year. Jonathan, it was
learnt, told the ministry that UNILAG was not known to him
and as such would not honour the invitation.
The Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof. Rahamon Bello, has
since travelled to Abuja to meet with the minister over the
However an official of the school’s Information Office, who
spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “There is no truth in
that. Normally if you pick a date for convocation, you have to
send it to the Visitor and the Visitor will confirm if the date
is convenient, that is what is happening in this case; it is
nothing strange

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