Court restrains Jonathan from renaming UNILAG



Students Protesting the name change

Justice Stephen Adah orders the government to stay action on the renaming of the university

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday granted an interim order restraining the Federal Government from renaming the University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University. The order was granted by Justice Stephen Adah, who is hearing the case brought by the alumni association of the university.


Justice Adah also advised the litigants to harmonise all suits on the matter into one case and then adjourned further hearing till July 4. President Goodluck Jonathan had on May 29 announced the renaming of the university after the late businessman cum politician, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, who won the annulled June 12, 1993 election. He died in government custody after he tried to validate his mandate.


The renaming of the university after him however provoked widespread condemnation and protests, including no fewer than three court cases. Speaking on the matter on Sunday night, Mr. Jonathan said he followed the right procedure in renaming the university before seeking the endorsement of the National Assembly.

Source: Premium Times



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