Muslims in Oyo State have accused Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), of forcing Muslim students to attend Christian crusade.
The Muslims under the auspices of Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUCOYOS), noted that Muslim students were being forced by TESCOM to attend Christian crusade in preparation for a program aimed at receiving a German Christian crusader, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda.
MUCOYOS specifically pointed out that it was disheartening that on Friday 29th October, a crusade team was at Sasa Community High School, where Muslim students were deliberately disallowed from observing Jum’at service.
The group in a statement signed by the duo of Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni (Chairman) and Alhaji Murisiku Abidemi Siyanbade (Secretary-General) alleged that the Muslim students in other schools in Ibadan were kept on a special christian evangelization assembly against their faith.
The duo alleged that the crusade team were sent to the schools with the approval of the TESCOM Chairman, Mr. Akin Alamu.
They then advised that the TESCOM Chairman should stop forcing Muslim Students into Christianity.
The duo while speaking further, advised Governor Seyi Makinde, to call the TESCOM Chairman to order.
They said that, “For some time now, preparations have been in top gear to receive Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, coming to Ibadan for a big crusade, tagged ‘Great Gospel Crusade.’
“But it is gross abuse of office for Chairman and Permanent Secretary of Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), to watch, while for over two weeks now, the crusade teams have been going round schools in Ibadan to forcefully bring out students, coercing them to listen to christian preaching.
“On Friday, 29th October, a crusade team was at Sasa Community High School, where Muslim students were deliberately disallowed from observing Jum’at by keeping them on a special christian evangelization assembly, specifically organised to mobilise them for the Kolenda crusade. Same has been replicated in many schools in Ibadan.
“H.E. Governor Seyi Makinde, please call TESCOM Chairman to order”.
But, Alamu while reacting, described the allegations as malicious.
Alamu, who spoke during a telephone conversation with DAILY POST Tuesday night said that he does not have time to respond to such allegations.
He said, “That is malicious. That is malicious and I do not have time to react to such.
“I am not ready to respond to such allegations.”