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Thursday, May 31, 2012

'Jonathan’s UNILAG Name Change a Gift Horse' - Prof Wole Soyinka

His statement below...
This is one gift horse which, contrary to traditional saying, must be inspected thoroughly in the mouth.
Primary from all of us must be a plea to the MKO Abiola family not to misconstrue the protests against the naming of the University of Lagos after their heroic patriarch.
Issues must be separated and understood in their appropriate contexts. The family will acknowledge that, among the loudest opposing voices to Jonathan’s gift horse, are those who have clamoured tirelessly that MKO Abiola, the Nigerian nation’s president-elect, be honoured nationally, and in a befitting manner.
Next is my confession to considerable shock that President Goodluck Jonathan did not even think it fit to consult or inform the administrators of the university, including Council and Senate, of his intention to re-name their university for any reason, however laudable. This arbitrariness, this act of disrespect, was a barely tolerated aberration of military governance. It is totally deplorable in what is supposed to be a civilian order.
After that comes the bad-mouthing of MKO Abiola and the Nigerian electorate by President Jonathan who referred to MKO as the “presumed winner” of a historic election. While applauding the president for finally taking the bull by the horn and rendering honour unto whom honour is due, the particularities of this gesture have made it dubious, suspect, and tainted.

You do not honour someone while detracting from his or her record of achievement. MKO Abiola was not a presumed winner, but the President-elect of a nation, and thus universally acknowledged.
It is sad, very sad, that after his predecessor who, for eight full years of presidency, could not even bear to utter the name of a man who made his own incumbency possible, along comes someone who takes back with the left hand what the right has offered.
However, there is hope. Legalists have claimed that there is a legal flaw to the entire process. The university, solidly backed by other tertiary institutions nation-wide, should immediately proceed to the courts of law and demand a ‘stay of execution’. That should give President Jonathan time to re-consider and perhaps shift his focus to the nation’s capital for institutions begging for rituals of re-naming.

After all, it is on record that the House of Assembly did once resolve that the Abuja stadium be named after the man already bestowed the unique title of “Pillar of African Sports”.

He deserved that, and a lot more. What he did not deserve is to be, albeit posthumously, the centre of a fully avoidable acrimony, one that has now resulted in the shutting down one of the institutions of learning to whose cause, the cause of learning, President-elect MKO Abiola also made unparalleled private contributions.
Let me end by stressing that my position remains the same as it was when the University of Ife was re-named Obafemi Awolowo University.

132 comments:

Anonymous said...

He has just put into words what I beliv evry1 has been trying to say.

Anonymous said...

waaattt!! is he speaking english...

Anonymous said...

yeah ryt gbbrrishh, dnt undastnd a thing!

Loudmouthed said...

Na wa...

Anonymous said...

oga prof speak eng plssss we dnt understnd spanish..

Anonymous said...

i guess hs same tribe wit senator patrick, chris okotie nd ...

Anonymous said...

Chai! See grammar,love dis man...makes sense.Lol

pelumi said...

Nice prof on linda's blog. Good job.

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Anonymous said...

So on point Prof Wole, so on point. Jonathan the daftest president ever.

pelumi said...

Prof is looking good. Good job by linda.

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Adekunle Adesayo said...

Baba just employed his grammatical prowess to present a clear picture of the chess game d democratic junta is playing with Nigerians especially the opposition in the southwest.

His act was aimed at spiting the late hero of democracy rather than honour him.

God know ur home address o and I pray He gives it to Boko haram.

K3N3 said...

Tell'em sir

pelumi said...

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Seybaby said...

Whaaooooo, though i do not understand most of his grammar but this is a great piece,Mr no shoes should look out for some other place to rename or betterstill build a uni for his Godfather

Lilspicer said...

JEGA JAGAJAGA EVERYTHING ABOUT U NA SCATERSCATER NASO U GO TIRETIRE U NO GO HAMER LIK OBAMA U AND BUHARI GO DIE LIK OSAMA AFTER EATIN UNA CASSAVA BREAD FOR ABUJA WHILE CELEBRATING SALLAH.....(OMO-IWO)

oge okoye said...

I hate u soyika....get a life and let dis man be pls

Atobatele said...

All well said anyway tho d oyinbo too big but i deduced was that he's not in support of it. Kudos Soyinka

Anonymous said...

wole shoyinka is not alwz right u knw

Anonymous said...

Painful, GEJ will not understand a word out of this man's arguement. Maybe Hon. Patrick will.
Did he just say Albeit somtin somtin? #grandpa i wanna be like u when i grow up.

FortySeven said...

OMG!!! What has Prof. Soyinka said in this speech that y'all are shouting "big grammer??? My goodness!! I shudder to think of the state of this nation in the next 50 years when those of us that lay claim to education up to the tertiary level have such a hard time speaking, reading and writing proper english! We are supposed to be better than this my people! Come on!!!

Anonymous said...

Jona no go fit understand all dis grammer o

Anonymous said...

The Man has just said it all.

For those of u thinking God catch Akokites (cos uve been envious of us foreva) we remain ourselves anytime and we know ourselves any wia......and oh Linda is one of us and our swag remains the same anyday..

PoLyMat said...

All dis englishes is confusing d liver in my brains--**gbogbo oyibo yi shana ni-ori mi*

Anonymous said...

And who is to blame for that u moron!

Anonymous said...

For those of u who are lamenting on his vocab shld go grab ur dictionaries and stop being morons. His is far more understandable than Patrick's

Anonymous said...

Stupid idiot! Get a life and stop hating someone you will never measure up to in ur miserable life.

Lala said...

haha!! OMG! I thought i was the only one who didnt understand a thing he said!!! Lmao!

Anonymous said...

My thoughts exactly!

CEO said...

These olodos who cant read English and comprehend. This is as sweet as English can be. Go back and watch your Nollyeood movies.

Anonymous said...

@ FortySeven, you took the words right off my fingertips. This is easily the most accessible thing I've ever read from Prof. Soyinka. Apparently, Mr. Jonathan has more to deal with than he can imagine or even surmount. The standard of education in this country is at best, abysmal and to think that English is our lingua franca. May God have mercy on our nation.

CHINWE said...

Please do not open up your ignorance on this forum.

Annie said...

if you don't understand anything he said, choi, sorry to say, you are a dummy.

CHINWE said...

Thank you for this... It's rather disheartening isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Olodo was that what he said is that what they are teaching you in MAU or na MALU.....sharrrap joor

Anonymous said...

Prof is not always right...1. The result of the June 12 was never officially announced so Abiola was the presumed winner. 2. We appreciate what Abiola did but we all know the guy wasnt a saint. So Prof it would've been better if you didnt talk about this trivial issue so you dont start sounding like ACN and more recently SNG...cry babies

Anonymous said...

Number 47 well written..

Anonymous said...

What a pity..simple statement..must people can't understand..I just hope none of you are products of any uni,poly or college of education..what a pity!

Madame Sting said...

I didn't think any of it was big grammar until I started reading comments. Abeg, some of you need to stay in school or go back to.school. This was simple English 101.

Anonymous said...

Pls wole soyinka should use simple English languages when making speech; does he expect us to have a dictionary by our side wen reading their speeches? This is not communication at all!

Anonymous said...

Seriously if ure a student and u dnt understand wat u just read...pls drop out.

Ayoola Richards Oladeinde said...

Good talk prof. Let all UNILAG student bear in mind that it does not affect their certificate and does not take the glory away from the institution. Intresting to say UNILAG than MABU. Yet, is only change of name. peace to all
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Anonymous said...

It's straight forward what he has said. I'm no fan of Soyinka but he has spoken d mind of most Nigerians. GEJ needs help and quickly. He's a mockery of what a president should be

Anonymous said...

Nice One professor

Anonymous said...

Soyinka needs to learn how to speak and write English in a common everyday sort of way.

There were Nobel laureates before him, and there have been many after him, heck there are even non-laureates like Chinua Achebe who can express themselves clearly, Soyinka, no such luck.

I mean, seriously why use 20 words to describe what can be written in 5? SMH

ugo said...

wow! see grammar o....cant even understand anything here

Anonymous said...

Linda, it seems the quality of people that come to ur site are mostly drop outs, gossips nd people of low IQ if they cant understand basic english written by Prof.

Now i beta undastand why they dont get the strugle over the Unilag change of name....They are as dumb if not dumber than the president!

jojoophina said...

nawah oooo i wonder y u all r complaining he's words are so straight 4wrd!!!!!!!!!! or do we av primary skl students here??????????

Anonymous said...

ALL diZ MALU ppL on diS mATa...LWKMD

Hon B said...

Now you can understand their rantings. They cant even understand simple english. What a shame. They dont even get what the Prof was saying. We are in serious trouble with these generation. Bet if he was talking about aristos, brazillian hair, range rover sport, house in lekki, you would understand his english. Father, we need you.

Anonymous said...

4gt ol ds hypocrites, una wan put Jonathan 4 wahala. Abiola is presumed winner cos d winner wasn't officially announced. Y shd Jona kal him winner, is he d INEC chairman? Pls gv Jona a brk ol ds yoruba hypocrites. Simply cos yhu hate a man dsnt mean yhu mst oppose his evry move. It was meant 2 be a gift, cnsulting d uni authorities wud hv taken d surprise cos 4 sure, grape vine go dy and we 4 hear am b4 d pronouncement. They shd go 2 court na, whether they win or not in d courts,maulag has come 2 stay! Afterall our govt no dy respect ol dose court judgements. Looool. And moreover dt yhu tink abuja is d best place 2 name an institution afta Abiola dsnt mean d president mst buy yhr idea pheeewwww...

Anonymous said...

I guess what those of you that didn't understand this man need is to start reading magazines like The Economist, Times, Business Week or even Newsweek and not the likes of Ikebe Super. Nigeria Literates??? SMH

Butumi said...

Word!! The intellectual has spoken. Vox populi!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What did he say now that is so incomprehensible? AftĂȘr LIB readers go dey argue say we get class pass Bella Naija pple. I shame for una.

Anonymous said...

Sui Said....

Well said, but as a very analytical person, i think what GEJ did was born out of sarcasm, there is an ulterior motive to the name change, it is a simple reminder to the North, that when a Northern Head of state deprived MKO of his seat as president,the South stomached it, now, they unleashed Boko haram, when GEJ inadvertently took power, GEJ should not be playing politics with Unilag.

Nigerian Jobs said...

Once again the gem has spoken the minds of unsentimental Nigerians who think with their heads and not with their hearts/brains upside down,Bravo Prof,Bravo!!

Anonymous said...

LOL!! So some people here think Soyinka used big english. Niaja education don finish.

Anonymous said...

IF you no understand this go and study your use of English and comprehension sharp sharp before you show your certificate to your next prospective employer.WAHALA DEY OH

Ayekooto A. said...

Professor went sentimental there! MKO was never and legally declared as winner so the President is right to call him presumed winner. As Prof likes so much English, this should not be difficult for him to understand. For Jonathan to come up and say he is the winner is just plain stupid. What evidence would he give and on whose authority will he say that.
If the process is flawed, let them resolve this in the court and stop all this drama.

Anonymous said...

LIB readers.....E talk say JEG wan honor MKO and d way im honor am no dey good.
1. e dey disrespectful bcos JEG no use the rite way to get approval for the naming.
2. Say d we don dey beg them for Abuja make dem honor MKO with BIG ting like the National Stadium for Abuja instead na unilag im choose
3. y im dey honor MKO? Sumting fit dey...
No be say im no want make dem honor MKO but MKO deserve betta dan dis one.

Anonymous said...

prof Wole Shoyinka is nt alwz rite o

Anonymous said...

My exact thots walahi!!!
On reading comments,I had to go back n read the statement again n I was left wondering where the grammar was.
Gaskiya,I fear for graduates today o!! Let's not look at 50 years to come...what will happen to graduates in 5years? Will they speak English at all??
Hian!!!! Trouble looms o!!!
Well said Prof. You have just hit the nail on the head and captured what most people are thinking. Thanks you sir.

Nuff Said!!!

Anonymous said...

The summary: He is not in support and it is wrong for the president to make such a decision without informing the right authorities. He also suggested renaming the national stadium after Abiola.


If you are an under graduate/graduate and u do not understand what he wrote, then shame on you! How were you able to pass Jamb and WAEC? Please go for evening classes with special emphasis on ENGLISH.....

Anonymous said...

Jamb Form. Brighter grammar. #thatisall

Anonymous said...

Dude, speak for yourself!It's english and you should familiarize yourself with a dictionary and how it works....

Blogtoto said...

@fortyseven,u put it succintly...i guess Nigeria's got a lot more to worry about than Jonathan.

Blogtoto said...

Lala,u'r aptly named...only u and ur ilk don't understand a thing he said.Those of us that passed through school n vice-versa fully understand n agree with what he said.

Blogtoto said...

@fortyseven,u put it succintly...i guess Nigeria's got a lot more to worry about than Jonathan.

Anonymous said...

Linda, the comments here have just shown that most of the people that come to this blog are illiterates. Please, what big grammar did Wole Soyinka write that they couldn't comprehend. I now understand why these your readers vilify people on your blog. Shame on Nigerian educational system that produced these people saying that they can't understand Soyinka. Parents should get more involved in the education of their children. It's a pity!!!!

Anonymous said...

Na Patience Dame go understand, no be only Patrick...tscheww

NigeriaPolitricks.com said...

It's shocking and I'm terribly dissapointed that most of Linda Ikeji's blog readers could not understand Prof Wole Soyinka's statement of disapproval about the UNILAG name change!
There is no doubt that these kids are the product of Nigerian failing schools; and ofcourse, an uneducated Nigerian electorate voted in and gave rise to the Goodluck Jonathan presidency.
With uneducated readers like these, the comatose state of our Nigerian nation will continue to remain in perpertuity and the death knell towards a regressive political entity is on a full swing. Nigeria is now at the lowest rung of the ladder of degeneracy.
WE ARE TOAST! SMH!!!

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Shadow said...

@Anon 12:27pm 31/5.... Akokites sounds very much like Abiolites.. haha - so why worry, huh?

Linda, you lucky say you go school quick-quick or else u sef for be Abiolite!!

I hated it when Unife became OAU (even tho I was already an alumnus) but one gets used to these things. Time na baba settler

Damilola Adewole said...

DID WOLE SOYINKA CREATE ENGLISH OR WAT...THIS IS SOME SERIOUS SHIT MY GAWD

Anonymous said...

Bekee!

Madame said...

My Gosh!!! What was in his English people?? I wonder what kind of people visit this blog? This tells me exactly why I see some comments on this blog! People, u have got to go back to school, PERIOD!

ritzyada said...

first of all,prof's english no too hard,if u didnt understand it,go bk to primary skul,for all of u hating akokities dont let ur beef stop you from seeing d political chess game which jonathan was trying to play.

ritzyada said...

first of all,prof's english no too hard,if u didnt understand it,go bk to primary skul,for all of u hating akokities dont let ur beef stop you from seeing d political chess game which jonathan was trying to play!

Mister Aproko said...

For all the cognitively challenged people making noise about Prof's english. he did not use any big word o. i pray God gives me wisdom like this man to be able accurately put my thoughts into words and paper like this man. he read my mind concerning the situation.

Anonymous said...

lmao...how is this complexity different from Dr. Patrick Obahigbon's complex style of writing? i hereby demaand that we accord the same calibre of hommage and doxology to Dr. Patrick Obahigbon.

Anonymous said...

lmao...how is this complexity different from Dr. Patrick Obahigbon's complex style of writing? i hereby demaand that we accord the same calibre of hommage and doxology to Dr. Patrick Obahigbon.

Lala said...

When you read it again, it does make a lot more sense and makes you wonder why you didnt get it the first time...
Wait, Linda, did you edit? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Prof Sir may I know what your position is when University of Ife was changed to Obafemi Awolowo University?

Kevin said...

It is plain that most of us didn't understand what Prof. Wole Soyinka said. He supports the renaming of UNILAG in honour of the Lt MKO Abiola but opposes the way it was done. #simple

Anonymous said...

Makes u want to cry at the level to which education has sunk doesnt it, If simple english cannot be understood.

Str8FrmDaHips said...

Testament to the current dire state of 9ja Education system..when people on here cannot understand..a well written short article..
Any surprise people lament all Students do is cheat@exams..runz and yahoo yahoo!!..

sarafina said...

Shut up this pelumi. Discover yoursef first na...shuuu!

sexiest said...

where is my dictionary *confused* (runnin a temp)..all dose who re saying he has said it all..am sure u dint read thru it..olodos..

Anonymous said...

Most* I beg your pardon :)

Anonymous said...

U have got to be the stupidest person(yeah, they will have to create a word for how stupid u r) to exist on this planet, and we are over a billiond so uI have got to be that stupid. You insult greatness? U should be hanged. IDIOT

sarafina said...

Did u type these stupid letters with ur miserable fingers while asleep in crazy world? U must be an idiot personified. Goldie oshi

Anonymous said...

after we will find out that someone else wrote this and attributed it to Prof Soyinka

sarafina said...

Patience might understand.:p

sarafina said...

Translate what he said to pidgin. Wannabe oshi

Anonymous said...

Mr no shoes has done it again.next he should name UI lamidi Adedibu university and Uniben Tony Anene University and Uniport Ken Sarowiwa University and Unilorin Olusola Saraki University and UNN Jim Nwobodo University.Pea brains if they can't get this right u now see why we can never have common light in this country.Oloshi bukuru.

sarafina said...

What have I done to you linda? Lemme know plsm you don't always post my comments abi na me thief ur phone? Sorry na. Pls repent b4 u become my susan peters *winks* oya abeg

Anonymous said...

Roseland Said.......
Thank you Prof Soyinka,your thought is the same as the majority of most Nigerians.Am glad that we still have men of intergrity like you who will call a spade a spade without careing whose ox is gorged......And you one Oge Okoye in this blog,why do hate Prof Soyinka?Pls no hateing.He is one of the "Truth Machines" we still have in this country,so pls let him live long for those who love the truth.

RC said...

NA wa o, infact i am very worried about our generation. Where exactly is the "big grammar" people are talking about, he just used the parable of the gifted horse a people are shouting. Are we not a culture of parables? Pls people read real books and put the soft sell magazines away, take a break from blogs too, educate yourselves dammit!!

Anonymous said...

That is how this heavily bearded man speaks. He uses words like gun powder. A Living diety

Anonymous said...

The english is simple to understand...nothing out of the ordinary

Naijarian said...

What is the corelation between Abiola and Unilag? He was neither an educationist, nor was he instrumental to the founding of Unilag. He was also not a 'shon of the shoil' to boot. Is it simply because Abiola was a yorubaman and Unilag is in Yorubaland? That in itself sectionalizes and trivializes whatever honour it is the government wanted to bestow by making him a local champion. His agitation was much bigger than that. It was national and if he is deemed worthy of honour, why not something national? Why not Abuja National stadium? Why not May 28 or June 12? These are symbols of sports and democracy for which the man was known. It is only people who are not proud of their school that will not understand what the whole outcry is about by the students and alumni of the school. Unilag is an icon in Nigeria and has a proud history. Indeed, together with UI and OAU, they represent the universities of first choice in the South West. Arbitrary change of its name disconnects it from it's past history. It reduces its status and that is what is responsible for the indignation. To make matters worse, it was used as a tool to pander to the perceived wounded pride of the yoruba, some token to be given to the south west to pacify them and to hoodwink them into seeing the president in a positive light. It was not an altruistic move aimed at truly honoring the man. It was all about politics and 2015. ACN and the CPC have closed ranks, so something had to be done to also be on the good books of the ngbati people. This thankfully has backfired and if anything, has served to further distance the very people the president is courting away from him. A wise politician would look for a way to remedy the situation while a naive one will continue to persist in his misadventure. Time is ticking and the disposition of the president will tell which he is...

mims said...

Gosh people stop complaining and go and read book or get a dictionary.

To be honest I don't think people are much bothered by whether MKO is honoured or not.

It was the blatant disregard for student and staff opinion on an institution that is for them not Jonathan. And at the end of the day what does renaming the school achieve? Nada

Jonathan focus on better things please and do not stick your nose where it doesn't concern you.

Work on PHCN ehn!

Anonymous said...

If you didn't understand, then you must have paid your way through graduate school.

Truthspeaker said...

All you uneducated people that claim not to understand what he is saying, PICK UP A DICTIONARY! Just because you're not in a class doesn't mean you shouldn't learn!! And then people wonder why our country is not progressing we can blame the government all we like, but until our people have the right mentality and sensibility to do something about it we are bound to fail. Just because something that doesn't favour you is done doesn't mean you should disrupt the whole of Nigeria. I understand you want your voices to be heard! But please do it in a civilised manner that will not have other countries looking at us like unintelligent imbeciles....JUST SAYING

ATOM said...

I feel so sad for Nigeria's educational future. Look at the number of people that do not understand Prof's comments!Please please, stop show-casing your ignorance to the whole world...

Anonymous said...

I love and respect dis man, nice one prof

Anonymous said...

The erudite prof conveyed his msg in the simplest of vocab. If you don't understand, who do u blame?

Anonymous said...

Choi.....see olodos! Wetin be grama for dia? Miscontrue? contexts? Aberration abi na abbitrariness. The next generation haff finish. Everybody wan to be D'banj and Karren

Uwakwe Reflections said...

Strongly worded but empty.

Anonymous said...

I like the speech and it is comprehensive enough unlike hon. patrick. *Big sigh*

Anonymous said...

let's face it the most effective communication style generally adopts simplicity and succintness, both of which i find lacking in Prof Wole Soyinka's prose.

Anonymous said...

Word! The Intellect has spoken the vox populi. This is very explicit. All concerned, take note.

Butumi said...

Word! The Intellect has spoken the vox populi. This is very explicit. All concerned, please take note.

Allegra said...

I am truly astounded at the ignorance of a number of commentators who find the statement perplexing. It then begs the question why the country is in such shambles. Focus is more on materialism as opposed to educating your minds. It is a sad, sad, day when majority of people cannot understand what can be termed, everyday grammar. Pity indeed!!!

Anonymous said...

first of all....shut-p you smarties that claim to understand what he is saying. i think he totally used words that could be simplified but being him he just had to use them, besides our level of education in Nigeria is CRAPPY.....ridiculous...so if anybody has an opinion to the what Soyinka has said...let them be...gosh u naija peoples...smh

Anonymous said...

Its not far fetched to tell u are ignorant! Sen or Hon patrick, if u can't tell d diff! How can u understand a laureate....for people like u who careless, jonadull can name UNILAG 'damn patience gudluck univ' I pity u.

Anonymous said...

Obviously it was either u were taught by 'damn patience jonathan' or same teacher tutored u, for I don't understand what u can't decipher from dis simple English d laureates yarn!

Anonymous said...

@FortySeven, God bless you!

Anonymous said...

This english is simple enuff to understand and get a clear pix of what he is saying. Gosh!!! He is making sense and as a PROUD AKOKITE, i understand his english perfectly. Wonder what other schools are teaching o!!!. Linda, we have our swag for life.

Anonymous said...

I guess alot of people just posted a comment for the sake of it, not positively. I think learning should be a continious thing, I'd gladly bring out my dictionary to add to my vocabulary than complain & comprehend his thoughts. I think the last 10 graduates that I've come in contact with especially at work have been terrible speakers &/or writers of the english language, infact the lastest set of 3 includes an Akokite who is the worst amongst the 3. Men awon olodo kpo sha!!!! Ti won tun wa fe mo anything.

Anonymous said...

It's on this blog that all the illiterates come out. What's so hard about what a Professor of English said? Nursery school is calling some people back to learn how to read and write!

Anonymous said...

The professor might nt be always right,no one is perfect,but his level of education should make every word count. GEJ did a very wrong thing,whether MKO Abiola deserves it or not,he needed not to make decisions just like that,this isnt a military regime.

Anonymous said...

as far as am concerned, Soyinka's speech is lucid and easy to read. dont know why u guys compare it to Pat Obahiagbon's, there is a great difference, pls check.

I did not see anything wrong abeg, what do u guys want? Nursery skol english? mthceewww, stay there and be hating dont go and learn how to speak and construct intelligent grammar.

Anonymous said...

The argument put forth by Prof. Shoyinka is what most of the opponents of this renaming of an ICONIC SCHOOL in order to honor another ICONIC FIGURE in Nigeria's democratic despenstayion is saying. He did the right thing in the wrong way, and has created a big canyon between those who really do cherish the ultimate sacrifice by MKO for this Nation.

There are other monuments that could have done the same thing or even better, i.e, having congress to pass a bill to declare the date of his assassination a public holiday in the nation as was done in the United States for MKL (Martin Luther King Jr.). We have the National stadium in the lagos that could have done the trick. Fedreal buildings in Abuja and Lagos are also fine monuments to edifice the legacy of this fine politician. But no, GEJ, the ever controvasial and speak-first-before thinking president had to od it again without even much consultation.

We are all proponents of this great idea but not to hit up the polity by making some not-thought-out pronouncement.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 3:30..hahaha yu funny die! Thanks for dat translation,@least now dem go undestand small.

Anonymous said...

That's a scholar right there...

Anonymous said...

It's foolish to compare Wole Soyinka to Hon Patrick. The difference is VERY clear. My Soyinka is an intelligent man, writes well and he makes sense. Hon Patrick makes absolutely NO SENSE, has no idea what he's talking about and uses BIG WORDS uselessly.

I fear for this generation where technology is the only EDUCATION people live on. What Mr Soyinka writes is easy to read and understand.

I personally don't see the point to change UNILAG to MKO Abiola university. What is the reason behind it, is it to honor him? Why now? Did he contribute to UNILAG before his death? Why change the name of a university to honor him? I don't understand Jonathan Goodluck and his motives.

Anonymous said...

Menh...I only picked d words i can understand. nic1 prof

Anonymous said...

Ok I think this grammar is not too much, but def not for everybody.. U don't have to abuse anyone cus U knw wat prof is saying and this prof self no be God dat u should worship him.. So if u knw wat prof is saying keep it 2 urself we don't need 2 knw mumuz.. Lyk say na only u sabi english? Odez..

Abegi said...

This guy no normal jare. Wetin in dey talk?

Steele said...

The level to which our education in this country has depreciated is really sad and the number of people who couldn't understand prof's English is astounding. This is what the president should be trying to tackle not changing the names of schools. Well, I guess the dumber the youth the easier the are to rule over. Knowledge as they rightly say, is truly power indeed.

Benuegirl said...

@FortySeven: I know, maybe it's the word laudable that is amazing the bleeding ignoran-musses. #sighingatignorantstupidness

Monblaze said...

This is the 1st person that has explained this properly to me..

whats so big about the grammar ppl... this is proper english...

btw, it shows that he's such a goood writer especiially in narratives.

me likey!