by Stanley Azuakola
One man’s protest is another man’s celebration.
While University of Lagos students were busy getting teargassed, shutting down Third Mainland Bridge, praying, and threatening to taking the president of Nigeria to court over the change of their institution’s name to Moshood Abiola University, the students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) were celebrating. They welcomed the news of President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to rename the University of Lagos (UNILAG) with some pride.
A student of MAPOLY, Cynthia Okorocha disclosed that when they heard that UNILAG has been changed to Moshood Abiola University, they were very excited. She further claimed that the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and staff of MAPOLY were happy about the development.
It was also gathered that shortly after the President’s May 29 announcement; students of MAPOLY were addressed by their rector, bursar, and registrar, all of whom expressed gladness over the idea of sharing the same name with an institution of UNILAG’s calibre.
A lecturer at the Mass Communication department of the institution, Wasiu Tejuosho, was of the opinion that his students will benefit more now that they share the same name with UNILAG.