Unless some drastic actions are taken to stop some religious fanatics , the University of Ibadan (UI ) community is in for serious crisis .
A Muslim group was reportedly distributing hijab to female students of International School Ibadan ( ISI ) yesterday by 7 am and asked them to wear it to the assembly ground .
Consequently , the management of the UI has warned against religion intolerance , which may cause crisis within the university community .
The situation forced the management of the school to hurriedly cancel the morning assembly and stop academic activities .
Deputy vice chancellor (Academic ) of UI , who is also the chairman of ISI governing council , Prof . Abdeen Aderinto , warned that introducing religious sentiment into the 55 -year – old school would divide the students and distract them from attaining academic excellence .
Aderinto disclosed that the UI management had on Friday received a letter from International School Moslem Parents Forum threatening that their female students would from Monday (yesterday ) wear hijab to classes.
“ We have a Muslim community association on campus here ; they (parents ’ forum ) didn ’ t inform them of their agenda . I am a member of that community . There is also Parent Teacher Association (PTA ) where all issues about the policies of the school are discussed ; they didn ’ t bring the issue there , only to write the principal of the school last Friday and threatened to start enforcing wearing of hijab .
“ This was strange and caused panic this (yesterday ) morning . I was called and I went straight to see what was happening . The teachers said they were not safe to teach ; that is why we stopped academic work. But we took SSS 3 students to another location for classes because their final examination is fast approaching , ” he told The Guardian .
Meanwhile , 201 of the 7 , 577 students that bagged their first degrees at the university this year made first class honours .
The vice chancellor , Prof Idowu Olayinka , disclosed this yesterday in his address during the convocation of the institution at the International Conference Centre of the university .
Miss Grace Agi from Faculty of Public Health emerged the best graduating student .
About 1 , 735 students made second class upper division , and 4 , 366 students graduated with second class lower . Also , 834 students made third class and 69 students graduated with pass . A total of 372 students were grouped as unclassified.