What Is In a Name?

  President Goodluck Jonathan’s proclamation of University of Lagos as Moshood Abiola University, Lagos was greeted with anomic uprising from the students of the said institution. This is coming even after the development has been hailed in several quaters. The president said that the federal government decided in this line after “careful consideration”. We must also know that the institution in question is a federal government institution. Again, this is not the first time the federal government is renaming an institution after an individual. Moreover, it is only change that is permanent. Definitly, the demonstration, even if it’s right is ill timed because the students and their mobilizers could’nt have given the presidents statement the required analysis as he has hardly finished his broadcast when the outrage started. Moreover, demonstation should be a last resort. We must begin to explore more sane and mature ways of registering grievances. Recall that it was demonstration that led to the closure of University of Ibadan for several weeks. One is tempted to ask, are student bodies only formed to mobilize students for demonstration? Is’nt there better windows to express displeasure? Has the students ascertained  whether the federal government reserve the right to change the name of her institutions? To what extent do they know whether the necessary consultations has been made? Should’nt all these and more be resolved before demonstration? We must know that for our government to succeed, we must all contribute in our own little way towards that success. In the face of this hysteria,one may ask, what is in a name?

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Uche Iweala

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