Hostels in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has been banned from engaging in any form of religious activities from halls of residence within its campus. An official letter which was duly signed by Grace Akinola, the University’s Dean of Student Affairs, dated June 4th 2017 states that, “All religious activities are hereby suspended in halls of residence, students are hereby implored to pray in their rooms or move down to religious ground,”
It was gathered from students who told TheCable Lifestyle that the pronouncement was made because of the indiscriminate use of unapproved locations for religious activities by both Muslim and Christian religious groups.
“Meanwhile there are about 50 fellowships and churches in the university. They further went on to say that some OAU fellowships tend to over exaggerate some of their activities which sometimes constitutes a nuisance on campus.They converge in cafeterias, lecture rooms, waiting rooms, and sports courts, this is more annoying because OAU has put in efforts to make available special arrangement for religious activities in a place called religious ground.”
The management of the institution has also sealed two halls housing mosques over the crisis within the Muslim students’ body of the university.
In September 2016 Akinola informed the public of the existence of a splinter group in the school’s chapter of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN). The group was accused of going against Islamic religious doctrines and school laws.
Gbolahan Yusuf Abdulhamed, General Secretary, OAU chapter of MSSN, had subsequently countered Akinola’s allegations, saying that a detailed findings was not carried out on the matter.