Dr. Bawumia and some traditional leaders in the Northern Region
Some Educators are religious bigots who are strange in their admission of religious confession. They preach virtues and use their faith as shields to perpetrate vices against their religious tenets codified in their religious books. They espouse their core mandates as educators and disavow its duties.
Almost every well-meaning Ghanaian citizen now has heard from several cries and pleas from the Office Of The National Chief Imam, Muslim Students Associations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Service Organizations and the concerned parents and Muslims and non-
Muslims alike whether it’s from head covering of Muslim women (HIJAB), preventing Muslims to fasts and pray and or discriminating against them. But who can crack the whip?
Education should focus on the (Acquisition domain) minds, (Affective) heart and the
(Psychomotor domain) practicability of the individual which actions/inactions of the individual. Education is not forcing people to renounce their faith and its practices nor is it indoctrination.
Most missionary built schools don’t even have their students turning pastors nor propagating their missionary duties, they are the same people acting like non-faith based. Using education to win souls for your faith is neither by coercion nor intimidation breaking the laws of the land of which tactics is even non-educational.
Stereotypes come in different shapes or forms, so we should not use reason or logic to defend and affirm our actions/inactions that are abusive to the human core. Religion is an integral part of our social setting and should not be abused by people trying to earn praises from our colonial masters who are practicing freedom of religion in their own countries. It is as if we are fighting one another with the white man’s religion whereas they are uniting themselves with freedom of worship.
Among other things you educate our future leaders in your various institutions, focus on the scourge of corruption that drains the coffers of our nation rendering citizens discouraged in their confidence to patriotism. Explain to them how loving one another and tolerance breed unity and social cohesion that have wet the appetite of various countries to see Ghana as a beacon of hope and democracy.
Leadership that sits idly by whiles their citizens bleed, cry and sometimes die in these human rights and constitutional abuses are not merely complicit. They are merchants and agents of those unconstitutional and human rights abuses whose practices should not go unpunished.
Before the election 2016, we were made to believe that the Noble Qur’an and the Holy Bible were going to rescue us to the Promised Land; a land of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and the adherents of the constitution breeding a fertile ground for freedom and justice. Muslims love their religion and always vote for Christians who accord them such tolerance. That was the reason the late Aliu Mahama of blessed memory won the presidency for J.A Kuffour and that is also the reason Dr Mahamudu Bawumia also won the presidency for Nana Addo all in their first and second terms.
What went wrong? What did Muslim parents do wrong for sending their children to school? A constitutional mandate of the child to be educated in his/her birth country. The presidency and the leadership of our beloved country (National Peace Council, GES, AG, MOE etc.) is what are wrong. The presidency swore an oath with the Noble Qur’an and the Holy Bible to uphold the constitution of Ghana and yet sit aloof for people to break that same constitution and religious tenets they use to swear that oath.
Previous governments have put up statements to condemn human rights abuses; the Ex-president J.A Kuffour issued a statement in 2008 when an 18 year old Adisadel college student, Gafaru Mustapha died skipping morning devotion with his Christian colleagues to prepare for a chemistry examination to catch up the lost days when he took ill, hence jumping from the fourth floor of the classroom where they took cover preventing the senior house master Mr. Joseph Birikorang Opare, teacher known to cane students 10, 15, 20 lashes. The school had to be closed down for a week following violent reaction from the students.
The Ex-President John Dramani Mahama in his annual state of the nation address in 2015, he reiterated his commitment to Article 21 of the constitution, which guarantees citizens the freedom of religious beliefs, saying it was wrong under our constitution for Muslim students to be compelled to attend church services, or for Christian students to be compelled to attend Muslim congregational prayers.
He was also captured on the Saturday October27, 2012 front-page edition of the Daily Graphic “Respect Students’ faith- Prez Mahama advises education authorities.” directing the Ministry of Education to put an immediate stop to the practice of Muslim students, being forced to church services.
Now where are the Muslims who were canvassing votes for the Noble Qur’an and the Holy Bible? Why will this human rights and constitutional abuse continue unabated?
Some gender activists will stop at nothing to bring any constitutional and human rights abuses to light and press charges if the perpetrators are men. These causes of action have created an impression that women activists hate men; resulting in feminism being taken to the extreme measure of its entirety. All across the length and breadth of our beloved nation, most headmistresses and women principals have recorded worse treatments towards female students while manageresses and women superiors having worse relationships with their subordinates. They are more often than not bullies and disrespectful with worse human relationships than most men in that categories of leadership, yet women activist keep mute.
Women activist are quiet when women are the perpetrators of abuse and constitutional abuses. Where lies the women empowerment and the increment of women in education; a key for sustainable development goal. I do not want to think and believe that the students being abused by the headmistress are Muslims which have resulted in their inability to support and call out that Islamophobia and religious bigotry.
In the words of Kavita Ramdas, a well-known gender activist “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humbled, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, so disciplined they can be free ”
The 2005 journalist of the year and the chairman of the National Media Commission Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, whose features and articles I never miss has won my heart with a lot of wise sayings. Some of which I use every now and then. In his words ……the greatest test of democracy is to tolerate opinions that we hate to hear.…. ….” Many people, maybe driven by anger and bitterness throw their emotional outburst claiming “Everybody should go to his/her own faith based school/institution.” What that means is that the country will be divide into Muslims and Christians nation with two heads of state and institutions where each religious adherence go to seek their satisfaction as needs of their survival. There will be chaos and violent undertone of which will inevitably result to war. A price nobody is willing to pay not even the perpetrators of these human and constitutional abuses.
Some religious extremists are angry and ready to use violence to resort to seeking redress if all diplomacy and persuasions fail. Their activities range from violence to hacking where in 2015 an operative took responsibility of the majority of the government’s websites including the main site, where a message reading “Alsanack Tim” appeared on the sites, where rumours had it that it was because of the injustices meted out to the Muslims in Ghana. ISIS also recruited Ghanaians with the same ideology of fighting against injustices meted out to Muslims. To the violent perpetrators, they use Martin Luther King Jnr words “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Just like Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo said about television advert. Only lazy minds will blame it on the
Muslims seeking knowledge in missionary built schools funded by tax payers’ money. Well-meaning people should see to it that, these human rights and constitutional abuses never shows up its ugly heard no more because Muslims have endured too much suffering to prevent violence and violent undertone.
Peace is not merely the absence of war but the presence of justice, of law, of order, in short, of government.—Albert Einstein
You have suffered a lot and will continue to suffer the more. You allow that mantra “The Noble Qur’an and the Holy Bible” to win your votes. The politician always uses you and damp you in every election year and you do not learn anything and nothing is done for you. If you don’t seize this moment to crack the whip and say enough is enough, then kiss freedom of religion enshrined in the 1992 Constitution bye. But before I conclude l will leave you with a quote I read from one of the smartest man of our time Bright Simon’s twitter on 11th February 2020 when he quoted from Rasulullah Hazrat Muhammed (S. A.W) “If one of you sees something wrong, let him change it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his heart; but know that changing with the heart is weakest of all signs of faith.”
In conclusion, in the Holy month of Ramadhaan, Muslims and non-practicing Muslims alike put up their best behaviour and exhibit high levels of moral conducts across the globe. It is also a peak giving for them, as billions are estimated to be given to the poor, feed the needy worldwide.
Why will a school or schools hate such attitude and conducts of its insignificant number of Muslims students? What will the school lose if a student or students fast ? If a student or students don’t go to church services? If a school or schools prevent the Muslim students from observing religious rights enshrined in our 1992 constitution of Ghana, a legal mandate we must all uphold.
God Bless Our Homeland Ghana!
God Bless Ghana Ambassadors For Standard Justice and security (GASJUS)
Akepae Michael Adombila