By Zaiynab Bint Abubakar
“As a human rights activist, you have touched the lives of Muslim students in Ghana; being a pillar in defending their rights both on the streets and in the law courts.”
This is an excerpt from a citation presented by the Coalition of Muslim Organizations Ghana (COMOG) to Haj Saeed Hamid Jallo, the Executive Director of Tawheed Development Foundation (TDF), an Islamic NGO that has dedicated itself over the years in championing the rights of Muslims in Ghana.
The citation named after the first president of COMOG as Late Major Mohammed Eesah Award In Advocacy was awarded at a colourful Iftaar programme organized by the Coalition in Accra over the weekend. It was attended by Muslims from all walks of life as well as non-Muslims who were specially invited to observe the event.
The citation further states,” The impact of your advocacy, which is felt by many, is a fulfillment of the dreams of the founding executives of COMOG, including our late founding president, Major Mohammed Eesah.”
The recipient, haj Saeed Jallo has dedicated himself towards championing the rights of Ghanaian Muslims over the years. He was the convener of the famous March and Rally for Freedom, a peaceful demonstration organized by the Muslims of the Western Region of Ghana which succeeded in setting a new agenda for the Muslim community in its quest to set the records straight regarding the rights of Muslims in Ghana.
Muslim students in Ghana are facing tough times in most second cycle as well as some tertiary institutions in Ghana. Many of them are forced into attending church services in their various schools whilst the girls are being prevented from observing their hijab(veils) albeit the constitution guarantees them the right to do so.
Other notable personalities who were honoured with citation on different disciplines were the famous Ghanaian theologian and scholar, Sheikh Ishaak Ibrahim Nuamah; the Ambassadors of Turkey, Sudan and Algeria; a vice president of the NDC, Alhaji Hudu Yahya and a member of the Council of State Hon Ing. Alhaji Aminu Amadu..
In a chat with www.mytawheedonline Haj Saeed Jallo had this to say, “This citation is an indication of the Muslim community’s readiness to recognize its adherents who decide to dedicate their lives to the development of the Ummah. I am deeply grateful to COMOG for this honour which will go a long way in encouraging my team to work harder to achieve better results for our people.”
Haj Saeed dedicated the award to members of his team as well as the people of the Western Region and Ghana as a whole who have always been by his side whenever he calls for their support. “Members of Tawheed both in and outside the region are the true recipients of this award because they are the inspiration behind this modest success?” He added.