PREAMBLE: In order to understand why secondary school students are starting a cold war on religious grounds in Osun State and perhaps in other parts of the country, you need to see that Nigeria is becoming more and more religion-sick.
While some Muslims are becoming more strategic in using violence and state apparatus to enlarge the space of Islam in the communities, local governments, states and country they live in, Christians are plain laggards; reactionary at best rather than be proactive like their religious rivals. Yet they need not be rivals.
With a Muslim, Muhammadu Buhari, as president, it looks like radicalism of Islam is on the increase in Nigeria. Fulani herdsmen have been killing other non-Fulani, non-Hausa, non-Muslim citizens all in the name of being desperate for grazing grounds for their nomadic cattle (hear, hear) and nobody is redressing the issue.
Rather than arrest the nomadic killers, government wants to use state laws to quickly create grazing reserves for northern herdsmen and their cattle in southern and eastern parts of Nigeria, thus protecting a section of the country and promoting their fatal rascality; a recipe for more aggressive radicalism of religion. Just watch.
Nigerian children are watching and they are unhappy. In my secondary school days in Lagos State, Christians who chose to go to Ansar ud Deen or Zumratul secondary schools would naturally pick up Muslim lifestyles and dress codes, and Muslims who attended Christian colleges often got assimilated into Christian modes and codes.
Nobody played the religious card. But today in Osun, a judge has ruled-in religious radicalism and the students are lapping it up. Muslim girls are now wearing the hijab in a Baptist school in Osun. Nigeria is sitting on a giant keg of gun powder and it would either implode or explode some day. Either way, it would hurt and possibly halt our progress and cohesiveness as a nation.
Below is a story with pictures published by Punch newspapers on June 14, 2016 that capture Nigeria’s growing religious madness…
Some students of Baptist High School, Adeeke, Iwo caused a stir among their colleagues as they appeared in the school in choir robes and other church garments.
Our correspondent, who visited the school observed that the students came late to the school around 8:35 on Tuesday and headed to their various classes as their colleagues hailed them for their courage.
Many female Muslim students of the school wore hijab on their uniforms and some members of the Christian Association of Nigeria are in the school to monitor the reaction of the teachers to the mode of dressing of their children.
No student was chased out of the classes for appearing in different clothes and all the students irrespective of their chosen uniforms are being taught by their teachers.
Earlier, Justice Jide Falola of the Osun State High Court had on June 3 given a verdict that Muslim students should be allowed to wear hijab in all public schools in the state because it was part of their fundamental rights.
The CAN had held an emergency meeting following the judgment and threatened that it would direct Christian pupils to start wearing choir robes and other religious garments to schools should the state government implement the judgment.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]