The Oyo State chapter of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) has cautioned the State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) and school principals to avoid a religious crisis in schools.
FOMWAN made this disclosure while reacting to the visits of Christian missionaries who have been going to schools to preach Christianity to students.
Our correspondent recalls that some missionaries have been going around to schools to preach to students in preparation for an evangelization visit by a Christian crusader, Daniel Kolenda.
Some of the schools that had been visited by the missionaries include Yejide Girls Grammar School, Sasa Community High School, Gbekuba Community School, St’ Anne’s School Molete, Methodists Grammar School, Bodija among others.
FOMWAN has, however, warned the missionaries to avoid religious activities capable of ruining the peace and peaceful coexistence being enjoyed in the state.
The association in a statement made available to Newspot through its Chairperson, Dr. Bushrah Oloso, described such visits as capable of igniting religious conflict in the state.
It added that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) would not tolerate a situation if Muslims were the ones going to public schools with Islamic foreign preachers or clerics to invite students to an open-air program.
Oloso said, “This is an act of religious intolerance. Why would Principals in public Schools allow Christian Foreign Evangelists in their schools if they were not part of plans to win souls for Christ as they usually say? It was a gross infringement on the fundamental right to religion of the teeming Muslims in the schools visited.
“Oyo FOMWAN condemns this action in totality and warns the Organizers and their cohorts especially the School heads and principals to desist from attempts to coerce and force Muslim children into Christianity. Don’t ruin the religious harmony already existing in Oyo State”.
The association urged Alamu not to see his position as an opportunity to force Muslim students to Christianity.
“No one is in doubt as to the mission of Christ For All Nations Ministry, CFAN under Evangelist Daniel Kolenda. It is to gain more converts but Allah has promised victory for the Muslims”.