BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
Security operatives on Wendesday, June 15, 2016 stormed some public schools in Osun state to douse tension created by the wearing of hijab and church garments to schools.
Some Christian pupils wearing church garments, choir robes and other religious vestments had attended classes on Tuesday in protest against the state High court judgement permitting female Muslim students to wear hijab during school hours.
Female Muslim students also wore hijab unhindered to classes and there was no trouble in their classes as they all received lessons together.
But the heavy presence of these stern-looking security operatives at these Christian Mission founded schools on Wednesday caused panic among the pupils in the schools.
At Baptist Girls High School, Adeeke area in Iwo, some armed men of the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were sighted at the entrance of the school while their vehicles were also stationed around the school.
The same scene played itself out at the Baptist High School in Osogbo.
Although the female Muslim students who attended their classes wearing hijab were shocked to see their christian counterparts wearing church garments and choir robes, they sat together peacefully while the school lessons lasted on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, some traditional worshippers whose children attend public schools had said that their wards would soon be wearing their traditional attires like masquarade to schools since wearing the authorised school uniform had been abused.
Despite the insistence of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) in the state to keep to their church garment uniform, the association has resorted to prayer and fasting against the implementation of court judgement permitting use of hijab in public schools in the state.
During a special prayer session held at the. Dominion Hall of Osun Baptist Conference, Gbodofon, Osogbo on wednesday, CAN urged Christians in the state to pray and fast against what it described as attempt by the state government to islamise the state through its policies.
Addressing our correspondent after the prayer session, the Vice Chairman of CAN in the state, Pastor Moses Ogundeji said the prayer was meant for peace from God and for God to nullify “anti-Kingdom laws and dealings with satanic forces that are tormenting the state for the past few weeks.”
Oguneji said the prayer was organized by the State CAN Chairman, Reverend Elisha Ogundiya and was presided over by himself.
While calling for the return of Christian mission schools to their original owners in the state, Oguneji said: “we don’t want crisis in Osun because of hijab issue. Already the state is being oppressed by the demonic spirit and evils as well as the country at large”
Apparently reacting to the warning handed down by the State Governor Rauf Aregbesola that any student found disobeying school rules and regulations risked expulsion, Pastor Ogundeji said the state government should be prepared to expel all the public schools students.
The cleric said: “In as much as we are trying to resolve the crisis with prayer, if government should expel any Christian pupil or student, it means all the students in public schools would be sent packing,”
“The country has no rest from the hands of Boko Haram, Niger Delta avengers, Fulani herdsmen. Therefore we pray for peace in Osun and for the state to be free from the shackles of evil and oppression.”
On the presence of security operatives in public schools and at the venue of the prayer session, the CAN Vice Chairman described the development as embarrassing.
Pastor Ogundeji said although, the judgement would be appealed upon, Christian pupils would continue to wear church garments to their various schools, not minding the state governor’s warning to expel them.