A former Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mallam Abubakar Bobboyi Jijiwa has received a humanitarian and philanthropic services award, from a faith based organization, Al-Mustofiyyah Society of Nigeria.
Jijiwa was among the 28 persons honoured by Al-Mustofiyyah at its maiden award and book presentation ceremony held inside the auditorium, Merit House, in Abuja, on Saturday.
Among the awareness are, Chief Alani Bankole, father of former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; Professor Nuhu Omeiza Yaqub, for Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja; and Imam Nuraen Taiwo Dindi.
Others include; Hajiya Raliah Abdulrazaq, a renowned gender advocate; Hajiya Mairo Tanko Al-Makura, wife of Nasarawa State Governor; and Hajiya Sidiqat Lami Salaudeen, Deputy Registry, the Mining Cadastre Office.
The Chairman, Al-Mustofiyyah Society, Femi Sanusi Alaka explained that the award was given to the awardees, in recognition of their immensely contribution to the growth of the organization and Islam in general.
He added that it was also to appreciate and honour exceptional philanthropists, whom their breeze has been felt by Muslims and the humanity in general.
Responding, the VON boss, described the award as credible, as it was devoid of any deceit and financial inducement.
Jijiwa, who is the deputy chairman, Initiative for Dialogue and Development (IDD), a Non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting national unity, thanked the organisers for finding him and other recipients worthy of its maiden awards.
He said the award would be a motivating and inspiring factor to do more for the Society and humanity at large.
He therefore advised Muslims and non Muslims alike especially youth to always do good at all times.
Earlier, Guest lecturer at the occasion, the Jamb Registrar, Professor Is’haq Oloyede, encouraged Muslims to be steadfast in working righteously in whatever they they do in life.
According to him, slam is a religion that’s always very appreciative of good works by its adherents and other members of the society.
He opined that it’s religious to be appreciative of what one does in the society.
He stressed that the presentation of awards to the recipients is in line with the the teachings of Islam, as Allah is a very appreciative God.
“It’s abnormal to pay good with evil, so it’s expected we show gratitude for good deeds in life.
“As Muslims, it’s part of our culture to be appreciative of people who have done good in the society, as it’s in tandem with Islamic teachings.
And awards to people should not be deceitful or for the highest bidders, but an encouragement to the recipients, thereby encouraging others to also do good in the society,” Oloyede stated.
He therefore reminded the awardees to see the recognition as an encouragement to do more good deeds in the society.