Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Thursday, blamed Governor Rauf Aregbesola for the rising tension in the state caused by his policy on the wearing of hijab in public schools by female Muslim students.
The party also accused the governor of a grand plan to destabilise the state for some political reasons.
The party however called on Nigerians should hold Aregbesola responsible, if more damage is done to the state’s education system through the brewing crises over wearing of hijab in public schools.
PDP in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi and made available to The UNION in Osogbo noted that Muslims and Christians in the state have coexisted long before now without crises.
Odeyemi pointed out the state education and other sectors have suffered enough under the watch of Aregbesola, warning that stoking religious disharmony over students’ uniforms may be the final straw, if the governor is not cautioned.
The PDP spokesperson, who recalled that from the reign of the first executive governor of the state, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke to the period of Chief Bisi Akande and the seven years’ of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, nothing of such happened, questioned why the matter of students’ uniform should suddenly become an issue that would polarise the state along religious lines.
According to the statement, “Why has the issue of uniform for public schools suddenly become major threat to peace in Osun under the watch of Mr. Aregbesola? We believe this is the question Nigerians should help us ask our governor.
“During the time of Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke, uniforms did not cause crises in Osun public schools. When Chief Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande held reign as governor, despite all the turmoil in education sector, uniform did not cause crises. During PDP reign which marked the golden era of education between 2003 and 2010 when Osun was ranked 9th in the entire country in WAEC passing rate, uniform did not cause crises, why now?
“All public schools belong to government but this did not just happen under Aregbesola. During the past administrations public schools were under state government control. The reason why the state is seeing the present tension over uniform is not unconnected with divide and rule, insincerity and plans to cause unrest to cover up massive looting of treasury by the present administration.”
The PDP then called on federal government, National Assembly and founding fathers of Osun state to quickly intervene and safe the state from imminent religious crises being indirectly allegedly fueled by Aregbesola.