Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Pupils in Osun state, Tuesday, strictly followed directives of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as some of them appeared in their various church garments in mission-established public schools.
It was like a drama as some of the students of Baptist High School, Iwo stormed the school in choir robes and church garments.
Also, female Muslim students wore their hijab as they all entered classroom to receive lectures without intimidation or harassment.
Investigation revealed that majority of the Christian students in Osogbo, state capital wore their uniform to their respective schools while their female Muslim counterpart wore hijab and were not sent out of school.
When our correspondent visited Salvation Army Middle School, Alekunwodo around 7:40am, Muslim female students who wore veil (hijab) were allowed access to the school just as some members of Christian Association of Nigeria in the state were at the school gate to ensure that no Christian student was turned back for wearing choir garment.
Also, when our correspondent got to the school around 8:30am, a male student was seen wearing a white robe while some were in white and purple choir robes.
As they were gaining entry to the school premises unhindered by the security man at the gate, some other students dressed in white garments also appeared in the school as this commanded encomium from their colleagues.
Many female Muslim students of the school wore hijab on their uniforms and some members of the Christian Association of Nigeria were in the school to monitor the reaction that may arise.
The students, on their part were sighted sitting together peacefully while the class was ongoing despite their varying clothes.
Speaking with our correspondent, Principal of Baptist High School, Iwo, Mr. Omotayo Arowolo said there was no crisis in the school despite the development.
He said the teachers were doing their work and the school was peaceful.
Also speaking, the head of Catholic bloc of CAN in Iwo, Catechist Paul Olagoke said they were in the school to ensure that no student was chased way.
Olagoke, one of the CAN leaders said: “we are here to defend the rights of our children. Since female Muslim students are free to wear hijab, our children are free to wear anything they want to.”