Scores of residents rushed to Community Grammar School Amuloko in Ona Ara local government area of Ibadan, capital of Oyo state, yesterday to see a mysterious inscription of the name of Allah on the bark of a tree in the premises of the school.
Many turned the tree to an object of worship and started making supplications under it.
The Quranic lettering, which an Agriculture teacher in the Amuloko School, Mr. Atanda Abdulrauf Olayiwola, interpreted to mean “Mohammadu Ra Sululah” first appeared faintly before it got bolder few hours later to the consternation of many .
Selimot, who spoke in her mother’s rented apartment at Oloya area of Amuloko, 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 recollected.
She said that the Alfas started rubbing their palms on the tree, shouting the name of Allah, a development that attracted others.
Many people besieged the area to take pictures of the inscription with their mobile handsets.
Others videoed it.
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.