Saturday, 9 January 2021

OAU Approves Reopening of Mosques in Halls of Residence.

By Ganiyu Ayanniyi M.

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife via its Council has approved the reopening of the halls of residence mosques ahead of students resumption.

This was made known in a responsive letter signed by the acting director of the Vice-Chancellor's Office, I.O Adejuwon on 24th of December 2020, informing the approval after the matter was presented to the School Council.

The mosques was closed since 2017 following the clash between members of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), OAU branch due to varying Islamic views and insubordination to authorities.

This achievement was obtained after the relentless efforts of Muslims leaders outside and within the school especially the Chief Imam, OAU Muslim Community in name of Professor Abubakr Sanusi in seeing peace reign amidst all odds. 

The Chief Imam of OAU Muslim Community, Professor Abubakr Sanusi through his letter dated 19th December, 2020 has urged the school management to reopen the mosques within the halls of residence while assuring that peace and sanity would reign.

However, the School management via its Council has given three terms and conditions which the mosques should follow:

1. The mosques should be designed such that the inner portion would be visible to those outside.
2. Activities in the mosques should be conducted in ways that will be visible to everyone and not in any way shrouded in secrecy; and
3. The activities of the students should be supervised by the office of the Chief Imam, and biannual reports to the office of the Vice-Chancellor would be appreciated.
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