Unilag to remain for now, as court grants injunction over name

by Tolu Orekoya

The Federal High court has granted an injunction halting the renaming of University of Lagos (Unilag) after Moshood Abiola, announced on Democracy day earlier this year.

The name change, which caused a student revolt on campus, also spurred several parties to challenge the name change in court. A case brought to the court on May 29, 2012 was granted the injunction. The court however warned the differing parties to harmonise their case under one suit and adjourned the case till July 4. The defendants named are UNILAG, the UNILAG Governing Council, the UNILAG Senate, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the National Assembly, Channels TV reports.

The crux of the suit brought forward relies on the idea that the motion should have been brought before the National Assembly before being announced on Democracy day.

President Jonathan doubled down on his resolve to change the name, responding to a question by saying that he had carried out the change by the letter of the law and students were too young to understand the importance of Moshood Abiola in Nigeria’s historical context.

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