By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Students of Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu Ode, Ogun State have appealed to Governor Dapo Abiodun to, as a matter of urgency, check the excesses of the Oro worshippers in the community before it degenerates into a major crisis between the students and indigenes.
The students made the appeal when the Special Assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Student Matters, Comrade Azeez Adeyemi, visited the school in continuation of his campus tour in the state.
The students alleged that the adherents of ‘Oro’ during their rites always impose curfews and other stringent rules on the student community which according to them were threatening their peace and also affecting their academic activities.
The students alleged that the imposition was really affecting their academic performance and their freedom to move freely around the community.
They condemned the imposition of curfews by the Oro adherents and called on the government to look into the matter before it ruins their education.
The Students Union President of the institution, Oluwatobiloba Adefesobi, lamented that the activities of the “Oro” adherents have threatened the peace of the students, adding that the “Oro” rites are always done during the time students are preparing for their examinations.
He said, ”The Oro rites always start by 9 pm when our students are still moving around and getting set for their examination. Any lady that put on shorts or trouser that moment will be pursued and if caught, they (adherents) will make sure that whatever the lady is putting on is torn by the Oro adherents.”
One of the students, Tijani Omobosola also said, when the issue first happened, they reported and it was banned.
She said, “We are fed up of this imposition of curfews by the Oro adherents all in the name of their tradition. We cannot read when it is 9pm because they will ask us not to put on our light and it always an examination period which many of us will not be able to read and this will lead to failure of some of us”.
While addressing the issue, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Omu, Abiola Adeboje appealed to the students to continue to tolerate the “Oro” worshippers, saying the students must respect the culture and tradition of the host community.