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Neo
31st May 2012, 08:13 PM
Students in Nigeria's main city of Lagos have been involved in angry protests about the president's decision to change the name of their university.

Hundreds of them blocked a major bridge and other main roads, causing chaos.

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The renaming of the University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University was made without warning on Tuesday.

Abiola, a politician who died in custody during military rule, is seen by many as a hero, but the students say they should have been consulted first.

He won elections in 1993 which were then annulled by the military and he died in prison five years later.


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'Pride in name'

President Goodluck Jonathan said he had decided to rename the university - popularly known as Unilag - to mark Nigeria's 13th year since its return to democracy and Abiola's "martyrdom".

After the president's announcement on state television on Tuesday, students immediately began to protest.


Source: BBC