Unilag postpones convocation as Jonathan insists on Maulag

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The much awaited golden jubilee of the University of Lagos’ convocation, scheduled to hold between Thursday (today) and Saturday has been postponed indefinitely.

Though, the reason for the postponement was not disclosed to the public, sources claim that the development was caused by President Goodluck Jonathan’s insistence to rename UNILAG as Moshood Abiola
University of Lagos and to also effect a change in its certificates as a condition for holding the convocation.

It would be recalled that on Democracy day, May 29, 2012, President Jonathan renamed UNILAG after the Late Chief Moshood Abiola as a mark of honour for the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

However, the announcement raised several questions as students took to the street to protest the sudden change of name.

Also the alumni Association of the institution asked the Federal High Court, Lagos to restrain the Federal Government from renaming the institution.

But the university had been adamant on retaining its name pending the outcome of different suits filed in court.

DailyPost gathered that the President as the Visitor to the institution was informed about the convocation through the Federal Ministry of Education since last year but he responded through the Ministry that UNILAG was not known to him and as such would not honour
the invitation.

Hence, UNILAG authorities decided to postpone the convocation.

A reliable source said that the Vice-Chancellor of the school, Prof. Rahamon Bello, had travelled to Abuja to meet with the Minister over the issue.

However, an official of the school’s Information Office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “There is no truth in that. Normally, if you pick a date for convocation, you have to send it to the Visitor and the Visitor will confirm if the date is convenient, that is what is happening in this case; it is nothing strange.”

He added that he does not know when the convocation ceremony will hold.

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