- Government announced plans to begin a pilgrimage for the Christian Community
- The plan has been criticized by many stakeholders and sections of the public
- The Ghana Muslim secretariat has described the move as needless
The proposed Christian Pilgrimage to Israel and the Vatican City has been criticized by the Ghana Muslims Secretariat.
The Vice Chairman of the Secretariat, Sheikh Haruna Appau, said the move by government to sponsor the pilgrimage is 'needless' and 'unnecessary'.
He stated that the Muslim Pilgrimage was never sponsored by the government, as it was the participants themselves who covered their cost.
The government's only responsibility was to facilitate the trip to Mecca.
Speaking on Nhyira FM, Sheikh Appau stated: "The government only forms Hajj Board headed by government officials to facilitate it so that the trip may be successful anyway. Sometimes the government removes qualified people who have paid their monies and replace their party people for the trip."
A few weeks ago, the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs announced government's plans to offer opportunities for the Ghanaian Christian community to embark on a Holy pilgrimage to Israel and other holy sites in the world.
The move which was explained at a press briefing by the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Samuel Ahiave Dzamesi, would have positive implications for national development, peaceful co-existence and social cohesion.
This decision however, was met with much criticism by sections of the public, as well as a number of national stakeholders, who believe it is an unnecessary use of government's resources.
The founder of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe stated the development was unnecessary, as there were other organizations that were involved in providing such opportunities for Christians.
According to them, government presented the idea of the pilgrimage at a closed-door meeting, how the council declined to be involved in the project.
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