Yoruba youth group berates ACN over opposition to change of UNILAG to MKO Varsity

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A Yoruba youths group, the Yoruba Youths Congress (YYC) has accused the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) of supporting the protest that greeted the renaming of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) after the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.

The group said it was appalled that the same ACN government in Lagos State that was able to quell the Lekki Toll Gate protest, using armed Mobile Policemen kept mute when protesters blocked Third Mainland Bridge, making life unbearable for millions of road users.


In a statement issued today by its Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade Funmiso Babarinde, YYC said; “With the seeming underhand support the ACN people and their allies gave to the protest and the party’s denial of Abiola’s son the ticket to contest the House of Reps, it must now be clear to all Yoruba sons and daughters that CAN and its allies never loved Abiola genuinely.”

While commending the Federal Government for recognising Abiola’s matrydom for democracy in Nigeria, YYC urged the government to initiate all required legal steps to perfect the change of name.

The group also urged the Federal Government go a step further by releasing the results of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, at least to put the records straight.

“Before, it was clamour for MKO Abiola to be immortalised. Now that it has been done by naming a prestigious institution like the UNILAG after him, what else does these characters want?

“Why is it that these people always like to present we the Yorubas as troublemakers, who will can never be satisfied by anything?

“Or must everything be approached with intent to win cheap political points?

“Was it not from UNILAG that Abiola moved to Epetedo, Lagos for the Epetedo Declaration that led to his arrest and eventual death in detention?

“Definitely, these ACN people, who are obviously behind the protest do not mean well for MKO Abiola and the course he died for and our people should be conscious of the hypocrisy of ACN and its leaders,” YYC said.

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