by ‘Jola Sotubo
A school in Oyo has been besieged with visitors after a student found some inscriptions in Arabic on a tree.
The JSS1 student, Abdulsalam Selimot, found the mysterious writings at her school, Community Grammar School, Amuloko in the Ona Ara Local Government Area of Ibadan, the state capital, while waiting for her father under the tree.
Selimot then drew the attention of others, including Islamic scholars, so they could also witness her findings.
The Sun reports:
The Quranic lettering, which an Agriculture teacher in the school, Mr Atanda Abdulrauf Olayiwola, interpreted to mean “Mohammadu Ra Sululah” first appeared faintly before it got bolder few hours later to the surprise of many people in the area.
Speaking with newsmen at her home at Oloya area of Amuloko, Selimot said, “My dad said he was coming to see me and so I stood under the tree in front of our school. Suddenly, a leaf fell on my head and when I picked it, I saw certain writing on it. I looked up to see where it came from and discovered it fell from the tree. There and then I saw an Arabic lettering appearing, being written on the tree.
“I could not read it well but I noticed that it was a Quranic language similar to the spellings we were being taught at our Quranic centre. I then went to inform some alfas who came for GNLD training close by. They saw it and asked for my name. They asked me to go and call my parents, and I went to call my mother,” she said.
She said that the alfas then started rubbing their palms on the part of the tree and shouting the name of Allah with praise, just as many other people gathered and did the same.
The news brought many more people to the area as they were seen with their mobile handsets taking pictures of the inscription, while many made video recording of it. Both old and young were seen plucking the leaves of the tree, cutting its branches, while some were rubbing their palms on it. Some were even rubbing sachets of pure water on the bark of the tree, in the belief that it would turn holy water for them to drink.
Selimot said two other similar trees in the premises which also bore some Arabic writings on their barks, were the handiwork of some boys who used nails to inscribe similar lettering on the trees because they heard that some people said they would send me to Saudi Arabia because of what I discovered.”