The program or seminar which was holding in Malabor Square with about 200 muslim students in attendance, stationed their giants speakers facing each direction of the hostel. The guest lecturer was one Sheik Abubakar Usman of Kebbi State University.
Other students who were in their respective rooms trying to prepare for their upcoming examination and going about with other activities for the weekend were alarmed as the guest lecturer deliberately spoke against the Christian faith instead of concentrating on the teachings of the Muslim faith.
Their anger and revolt was as a result of the continuous instigating messages that various speakers in the program were speaking against the Holy Bible and Christianity in general. It got worst when the speakers in the program attacked the much held believe of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and other teachings which Christianity holds dear to heart. Particularly, the lecturer argued that Jesus Christ is a bastard since His fatherhood couldn’t be ascertained. Again, he posited that Mary the biological mother of Jesus was a prostitute having been slept with by an angel.
About 500 students came out to disrupt the program since they could no longer bear the perceived continuous ‘insult’ on Christianity. It took the intervention of the school security operatives to calm the angry students down and the program was brought to an end with the protesting students chanting songs of victory.
It should be noted that the Institution is dominated by Christian Students with various fellowships all over the campus. So, for the student Muslim community and her leadership to invite a ;ecturer to come and speak up against the founder of the Christian faith in such brazenly derogatory way is surprising. It incite one to inquire whether this Association invited an extremist to come and provoke the Christian community and introduce tension in the University community? Some students who spoke out were of the view that ‘they should have focused on teachings of Islam instead of attacking other religious belief’.
It is against this background that the school authority is expected to forestall the re-occurrence of such incidence by inviting the leadership of the Muslim Students Association of Nigeria in University of Calabar for a dialogue. It may be they do not understand the implication of such occurrence in an already heated polity.
At the time of this report, none of the Student Union Government officials could be reached since they where far away in Obudu celebrating the Students’ Week.