By Steve Oni, Ilorin
Kwara state chapter of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has asked the state government to prevail on managements of public schools in the state to allow students of different religious beliefs to observe morning assembly prayers according to the dictates of their religion.
The Muslim students, who said this is necessary to forestall a breakdown of law and order in state public schools, condemned the recent occurrence at Bishop Smith College, Ilorin where the school’s Imam was allegedly molested by some staff when he attempted to pray in Islamic way, immediately after the Christian prayers were said at the school’s assembly ground.
The incident according to a statement signed by the MSSN chairman, Nurudeen Ibrahim, Esq, occurred on Friday, June 21, 2019.
The MSSN added: “The Muslim dominated city of Ilorin is one of the most peaceful cities in Nigeria. Muslims in Ilorin (like others everywhere) are accommodating and tolerant. But our tolerance and peace loving nature are exploited as a basis for the desecration and infringements of our rights, religion and cultural norms.
“Thus, we received the above devastating news with a mix of umbrage and shock. We state that forceful proselytization of Students and assault of Muslim in a Public academic institution is not only condemnable and below the minimum standards of tolerance or civility expected in a democratic society, but also a violation of Natural law as well as all known Human rights instruments across the Globe by the culprits. It is equally a violation of Section 38 the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)”.
“We urgently call on relevant stakeholders to quickly ensure a thorough investigation and all the culprits involved in this dastardly act must be brought to book and to put in place measures to prevent repeat of this situation especially across all educational institutions in Kwara state.
“The continuous discrimination against Muslims across all educational institutions must be stopped. On a final note we request for the immediate permanent closure of the school till all the Muslim freedom/rights are restored in order to forestall a breakdown of peace, security and order. “