- Government has announced plans to offer pilgrimage opportunities to the Ghanaian Christian community
- Muntaka Mubarak has commended this new development by government
- He states it is necessary for Christians to be given their space to worship, just as Muslims have been given their space to worship
Muntaka Mubarak, the Minority Chief Whip has lauded government's plan to offer opportunities to the Ghanaian Christian community to participate in pilgrimages to Israel and other Holy sites in the world.
Mr. Mubarak spoke to Citi News, when he said the development was a commendable policy, hence there should be no qualms about government offering funding for the program.
"I think that it is a very welcoming thing. While they are going to worship, they will take time to also pray for the country. In the case of Muslims, it is the Saudi government that will not allow individuals to do that. I don’t know about Israel but if it is so, and government is also going to coordinate it, I think it is a very good thing. ..Christians should be given space to worship, and Muslims should also be given space to worship. I think it is a very laudable thing …," he said.
Mr. Mubarak was responding to the announcement made by the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Samuel Ahiave Dzamesi last Friday, that two committees; the Planning and Screening Committees had been set up to oversee the full development of the pilgrimage program.
According to the minister, about one hundred Ghanaian Christians will begin the pilgrimage that is scheduled for later this year.
However, this new policy of a Christian pilgrimage for the community in Ghana has faced criticisms by some sections of the public, including the founder of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe.
According to him, there were other organizations that were already involved in providing the opportunities for Christian pilgrimages, as such there was no need for government to fund this policy.
"I think clearly that the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has no work to do and I get worried… It appears to me they have no work to do that is why they will be thinking of organizing trips to Israel and other parts of the world. It is needless because already, there are entities and private organisations that organize these trips," he said.
He stated interested participants will bear the costs themselves, while government negotiates with the Israeli President.
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