Christian students in Osun defy Aregbesola and head back to school in church robes

In defiance of Governor Rauf Aregbesola's warning on Tuesday that any student found disobeying school rules and regulations risks expulsion, some students still arrived at the Baptist High School, Iwo, Osun State, dressed in their church robes for the second time. And but for the timely intervention of the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Adewale Akanbi, a major clash would have
occurred between the Christian and Muslim leaders yesterday.

While allowing into the school premises, female Muslim students who wore hijab as a complement to their uniforms, security men stationed to mann the gates initially refused entry to the Christian students who arrived the school for the day's lessons in church robes.

At that point however, some Christian leaders who initially kept a safe distance watching the unfolding event, moved to the school gate to ensure that their children also gained access into the premises.

The Christians eventually gained access into the school premises. Muslim leaders who were around the school premises also moved to the gate and a face-off ensued between the two groups.

As the face-off ensued, the paramount ruler of the town, Oba Akanbi, stepped in by personally visiting the school to douse the tension. The traditional leader then invited both the Christian and Muslim leaders to his palace for a meeting.

The battle further turned spiritual yesterday, as Christians in the state organised an interdenominational prayer rally, where they offered prayers to God to intervene on the issue of hijab and the court ruling.

The prayer rally was convened in order to seek the face of God and  reject the court ruling on hijab and other alleged Islamization plots by the State Government; and it was attended by over 200 pastors and thousands of Christian faithful across all denominations in the 30 Local Government Areas of the State including Ife East Area Office was held at Dominion Hall of Osun Baptist Conference, Gbodofon, Osogbo .

Meanwhile, Baptist High School, Iwo, which was the scene of the face-off, was yesterday condoned-off by the police after it was shut by the State Government, as the Christian and Muslim leaders held meetings with the Iwo monarch to find a solution to the impasse.

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