All OAU religious activities has been suspended by the Department of Student Affairs in all its halls of residence.
According to OAU DSA, the notification of the suspension says thus:
“This is to bring to the attention of all students that all religious activities is hereby suspended in halls of residence until further notice.
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Any student that fails to comply will face immediate disciplinary action which may include revocation of studentship and expulsion.
Students are advised to pray in their individual rooms or move to the religious centre”
The religious centre is fifteen to twenty minutes walk from the ‘Awo’ hall which is the most populated hall of residence on campus. Taking such a walk five times daily might be more of difficulty than ease for most Muslim students and many Muslim students have seen it as an attempt to stop them from observing their daily prayers.
The DSA has wasted no time in executing this new order. There are reports that some members of the DSA and school security went to the two major hall mosques (Awolowo hall mosque and Fajuyi hall mosque) and destroyed all the temporary structures in it after sending the Students out of them.
The suspension notice was contained in a note signed by the Dean, division of student affairs and dated 4th June, 2017.
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