2018 Ileya: The Muslim students struggle for justice at AOCOED By Olatunde Azeezah
2018 ILEYA: THE MUSLIM STUDENTS STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE AT AOCOED BY OLATUNDE AZEEZAH
Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education planned to commence its 2017/2018 second semester examination on Monday, 20th August, 2018. However, the Muslim students frowned at the date saying a day to Salah examination is injustice to the Muslim.
A letter sent to the management by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, AOCOED reads: ‘Also, this festival is always accompanied with traveling to relatives, pen friends and others in order to felicitate the Salah festival with them. Thus, starting exam on the 20th August, 2018 will deny us this right outright. As we speak, research shows that majority of us – who hope – that exam is starting on the 27th August, 2018 are already with their family in a far environment from school like Kano, Lokoja, Osun, etc’.
‘To this end, we appeal and demand for exam date extension for adequate preparation for Salah and psychological fitness for the forthcoming second semester exam to 27th August, 2018. We hope without an iota of doubt that our appeal and demand will be considered and granted. As we expect a favorable response from you, may God continue to strengthen you’.
It was gathered that both Muslim and Christian students on Friday, 17th August, 2018 staged a peaceful protest which was led by the Student Union Government of Adeniran Ogunsanya college of education were they openly express their grieve and disapproval of the proposed date for the examination in the front of the student affairs building.
The student union government and muslims insisted that the exam should be shifted for muslims to go home to celebrate the festival with their family members. It was also said that not shifting the examination will be a total form of religious bias against the Muslim students because the Christians are usually given one week to celebrate their Christmas and New Year festival.
The Dean of the student affairs unit, Mr Bajulaye A.A while addressing the students said: ‘the exam will hold and the muslims can go to their respective home after the examination’. Then, the students left with sadness.
Again, on Monday, 20th August, 2018, the proposed date for the examination; the students union staged another protest. The school two gates were locked which barred the student from coming into the school to write the examination that has been fixed for 8am. Though, teaching and non-teaching staffs were allowed to enter without car occasionally.
At the end, at about 9:50AM, the management postponed the exam indefinitely through a letter signed by the registrar, Mr SAO Muhideen even though the students union forwarded another letter to insist Monday, 27th August, 2018 for the commencement of the examination.
‘Many a time the rights of the muslims are trampled upon and the bigotry never ends at a goal. The Student Union Government of Adeniran Ogunsanya college of education had made an history today, as they accomplished justice for the Muslims on the day of Arafah’.
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