June 15th, 2012
The Guardian Nigerian Newspaper,
Re: The Re-naming of UNILAG
Fickle-mindedness and puerility of mind often lead leaders
to commit unintended errors of judgment. This is why
Confucius said that" fine words and insinuating appearance
are seldom associated with true virtue".. To rule a country
of vibrant intellectuals, there must be reverent attention
to mature thinking and well-thought out approach to
decision-making, which must be based on consultations.
Polite studies in universities teach that you do not play
ethic politics with the citadels of high learning.
University scholars are normally not impressed by
politicians, who are not grave and so, donot call forth any
veneration, whose learning is not solid, whose sincerity and
faithfulness are not first principles, "who do not say what
they mean and do not mean what they say".
In re-naming the University of Lagos after the late M.K.O
Abiola, serious thought eluded the decision-maker, who
should have had recourse to solid intellectual
considerations. Pandering to Yoruba sentiments seem to have
failed and the violent reactions have rubbed off negatively
on presidential authority.
The tradition is that we name universities after noblemen,
scholars and men of chivalry. Why do you not take the bold
step to re-name Yoruba land after MKO Abiola?
Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai