Written By Alhassan M. Baidoo
The Ghana Muslim Students’ Association (GMSA) has at its Central Committee (CC) Conference over the weekend directed all Muslim students across the country to refrain completely from all Non-Islamic religious services in schools.
This was released at a Press Conference organized by the Association at the University of Ghana – Legon.
The President of the Association, Mr. Abdul Rahman Alhassan in addition to this admonished all female students and professionals in the country to observe their hijab everywhere as a manifestation of their religion.
Quoting article 21.1(c) of the 1992 constitution of the republic, President Abdul Rahman Alhassan invited all heads of institutions to respect the human rights provisions of this constitution. In addition to this he stated: “Ghana is a Secular State, and recognizes no official faith or religion, and shall at all times maintain by itself a neutrality in faith”. He also addressed Heads and Directors of institutions to respect the constitution as the supreme law of this country with no other law superseding it.
He further reminded Ghanaians of the need to respect rule of law for a harmonious and a peaceful co-existence in the country. Whilst advising Muslim students to respect the supremacy of the constitution, he stated: “The Ghana Muslim Students’ Association (GMSA) is finally calling on its members to respect;
1. The supremacy of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana; and
2. The authority of the President of the Republic; thereby directing all its female members to henceforth wear their hijabs to schools and work places whilst asking every child to freely refrain from all forms of Non-Islamic religious services in schools as an observation of their religious freedom everywhere in the country.”
He concluded by saying that the Association is seriously determined to nip in the bud, any attempt or action by any head of institution who intends to disrupt the peace and harmony currently enjoyed in this country.
In an interview with the Deputy Women’s Commissioner of the Association, Miss Angelica Naa Fofo Djanie, she reiterated that the hijab does not in any way affect the efficiency of the female Muslim in her professional and academic field. She therefore added to the release that Muslim females should be firm in observing their hijabs to schools and work.
Ghanaians may recall similar complaints that led to the 20th February demonstration by the Muslim Rights Front (MRF) last year in the Western Region of Ghana as a result of these Human Rights Violations being meted out to Muslim students by Heads of Institutions in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis and other similar institutions across the country.