UNIBEN authorities recently banned fellowship activities on campus and an ex-student tells us more about the management and the ban.
The university in its statement gave the multiplicity of religious groups and the use of lecture rooms as the reasons for banning all fellowships.
However, the management didn't completely proscribe religious groups and fellowship activities in the institution as four groups were spared to continue their activities.
The Students Christian Movement/Christian Union Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES) and the Scripture Union Campus Fellowship; the Nigeria Federation of Catholic Student and the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria were all spared.
Pulse Students reached out to an anonymous ex-student, simply identified as Shola who was also a member of one of the banned fellowship groups. He spoke with us and here are five things we find out about the fellowship ban from him.
An ex-student of the university who was also an executive member of a fellowship group said there are over fifty fellowship groups in the university
The anonymous source who was also known as Apostle on campus said that the multiplicity of fellowship has been helpful in curbing cultism in the university. He added that the many evangelical programs of different fellowship have helped in combating secret cult activities on campus.
"But sincerely fellowship has been one of the strongholds of the school against cultism and much atrocious act. Many cultists have brought to their knees through the activities of fellowship"
The four groups that are not banned have big churches and a mosque on campus and carry out their fellowship programs in their places of worship. They are not using lecture rooms which is one of the reasons the management gave for banning others.
According to the graduate of the school. there has always been threat coming from the authority of the school.
The Christian Union Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES) is one of the four religious groups spared to continue its activities and according to the former student, NIFES is the first students' fellowship group in University of Benin.