At the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, a crisis is building over the alleged humiliation of a female Muslim student.
On Thursday, it was learned that a female Muslim student, whose name has not been revealed, was reportedly humiliated by the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing for wearing the hijab (a veil usually worn by female Muslims to cover their head).
According to a video, the event occurred on Wednesday at a meeting of the board of the Open and Distance Learning Program with newly enrolled nursing students.
Professor Ajibade Lawal, the Dean of the Faculty, was said to have questioned one of the students who was present, while addressing the students,
Lawal had earlier said that scrub is the only approved uniform for student nurses.
He maintained that any other form of dress must not be put atop or underneath the scrub.
The action of the Dean angered the students who vowed to disrupt academic activities in the institution today.
The students who asked Lawal to apologize in public, described the action of the lecturer as a violation of the rights of the female Muslim students.
As at Thursday morning, It was gathered that students of the institution are currently protesting at the entrance of the university.
Public Relations Officer of LAUTECH, Mr. Akin Fadeyi when contacted, confirmed the incident.
Fadeyi, in a statement on Thursday morning, noted that the case was being handled by the university management.
He said, “This is to inform stakeholders that the unfortunate issues of yesterday as it affects Professor Bayo Lawal Ajibade and a particular Muslim woman is being handled by Management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
“Ag. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mojeed Olaide Liasu already mandated the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Professor Adeyemi, to supervise a high powered investigation into the matter.
“Management is, therefore, imploring students particularly, to maintain peace as they go about their duties on the University premises to allow investigation go on.
“The Ag. Vice-Chancellor has assured that nobody will be shielded”.