On Monday, students of Baptist High School in Iwo, Osun State, protested the state's new educational policies introduced by Governor Rauf Aregbesola's administration.
Christian students wore white clothes, Muslim ones wore flowing gowns, while animist students were dressed in a variety of different clothes. The students also chanted religious choruses.
It will be recalled that Aregbesola's education reform suggests that faith-based schools abandon their doctrinal teachings, dressings and gender-only practices. Students from different schools are to merge.
Students, teachers, religious groups and other stakeholders in education have strongly opposed the reform policy and demanded to return the religious heritage to the schools. In some cases, the discontent resulted in violent clashes between groups, causing varying degrees of injuries.
Residents of Osun State have urged Governor Aregbesola to reconsider aspects of the new policy to ensure that students do not adopt more defiant attitudes.