Covenant University, a private Christian university, affiliated with Living Faith Church Worldwide, Ota, Ogun State, has been criticised for shaving the alleged bushy hair of its male students.
Some alumni took to social media to call out the school following a viral video that captured students seated in a hall as a man used a hair clipper to pluck hair off the middle of their heads under the supervision of some staff members.
One Matthias Hungbo, who claimed to be an alumnus, said the shaving was in reaction to some students’ failure to take their Bibles for a service held the previous day.
“It’s appalling that people say keep to the rules and regulations, but in all honesty, there’s no rule as to what height of hair should be kept. It just says keep a low cut and the boys always keep their hair well. The management is just passing on its anger as a result of the embarrassment it faced in FT (Faith Tabernacle) the previous day since some students didn’t bring Bible. It is sad and even more sad because I feel nothing will be done about it,” he wrote on his Facebook wall.
Another alumnus, Okoli Offorbuike, posted pictures of the General Overseers of the church/founder of the school, Bishop David Oyedepo, and the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, where the former wore Afro and the other kept his hair.
He wrote: “After seeing this act carried out in my Alma Mater, I began to ask myself that maybe calling students kings and queens in Covenant University is just a mere cliché. The Bible says faith without work is dead. I will say Covenant University, without respect for the dignity of students, is no different from other universities.
“Where did the student affairs get the idea of shaving students’ hair off? This is one (Adeboye) of the leading fathers of faith in Africa, yet he keeps his hair…he is a king and heavily anointed and everyone agrees to that.
“This is one of Bishop Oyedepo’s full-fledged mentors, T.L. Osborn, on full-fledged Afro. He was still a king and a great preacher. Could we call him unkempt? How less bushy is Bishop Oyedepo’s hair in these pictures and was he less a king? If none could shave off his hair disgracefully, then why should it be done to students in his school? This is injustice.”
One Mo’Miss @Modupeee tweeted that shaving people’s hair without their consent was an assault.
A Facebook user, Chidiebere Elendu, said: “What excuse will the school authorities give should these students contract some transmittable diseases from the barbing exercise? Sometimes, I can’t stop wondering if the same Christianity being practised today was the same as the one Christ and the apostles preached.”