Contrary to the directive and expectations of Kwara state government, that the ten affected schools be reopened, violence marred the exercise as the Christians and Muslims in one of the affected schools engaged themselves in a war of words and eventually threw stones at each other over the resumption of students.
Vanguard reliably gathered that despite series of interface by the state government with the Christian leaders, which include the offer by the government that the schools would be returned to them, the Christian leaders were adamant and resolute on their demands.
During Vanguard monitoring at Baptist Secondary school, Surulere, the situation was worst as the security operatives had to disperse the Muslims and Christian leaders who exchanged stones at each other over the development.
Some Muslims groups who had laid siege at the main gates of the school were jointly chorusing “Laillah Illaha Lahu, Laillaha Illah lahu”.
All efforts made by these Muslims group to allow the students to enter the affected schools were rebuffed by the Christians who were also at the main gate of the affected schools.
The development however snowballed into a serious crisis as they were attacking each other with stones and pebbles.
It was at this point that, the security operatives, deployed to the school to avoid the breakdown of law and order disperse them with tear gas.
The waiting students and teachers who were willing to resume fled the area while the schools’ gate remain shut.
At Cherubim and Seraphim grammar school, Sabo Oke, Ilorin Christian leaders in white garment occupied the gate, drumming and singing and disallowed the students and teachers from resumption.
The Christians in white garment were armed with various placards such as “O To Ge” give us our schools back”, “No to Hijab in Kwara”, “Kwara is not an Islamic state, Kwara is for all”, “Our schools is our heritage”, “we oppose the Hijab in our schools”.
Same at Bishop Smith grammar school along Agba dam GRA, Ilorin and St Anthony grammar school, along Offa Road, Ilorin where the school principal and security officer who supposed to open the gates were nowhere to be found.
The teachers gathered in groups at the school gate while some Christian leaders were also there to monitor the development.
Already, the security agencies like police, civil defence corps, soldiers have been deployed to all the affected schools to prevent the breaking down of law and order.