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The Re-naming of UNILAG
By: Professor Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai  
 Published  June 15th, 2012

The Editor,
The Guardian Nigerian Newspaper,
Isolo, Lagos.

Dear Editor,

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

Bradford, England

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