A Letter To The Vice President-Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

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A LETTER TO THE VICE PRESIDENT-HE ALHAJI DR. MAHAMADU BAWUMIA (A MUSLIM AND ECONOMIST)

Your Excellency, permit me to inform you about the credit you took when you were in office in 2017 and 2018 when Hajj was very successful. Many Muslims said it was so because the country had a sincere and committed Muslim Vice President.

I do not know, has your status as a Muslim change today?

Let’s analyze this year’s hajj fees which pilgrims who made payment in 2019 and 2020 are informed to make additional payment of GHC7,000 and GHC19,500 respectively.

When the 2021 Hajj was cancelled, the Hajj Board issued a notice shown below to those who paid, indicating that, “those who restrain in taking their deposit will be exempted from paying any increment in the Hajj fees in 2022” Can we sue the Hajj Board for breach of contract for pilgrims who restrained their Hajj fees in 2019 and 2020?

To the chairman of the Hajj Board, Is unfulfillment of promise not a great sin in Islam? Your Excellency, is it fair or economically wise to collect a pilgrims’ money, invest it, probably make profit or interest and the pilgrims will suffer the consequences of time value of money?

To me, based on the letter issued by the Hajj Board, pilgrims who made payment in 2019 and 2020 shouldn’t have suffer the consequences of cedi depreciation and other economic challenges, especially, when we have a Muslim Vice President.

I do not subscribe to subsidizing Hajj and I am not in support of using state funds to sponsor Hajj. However, the Vice President should ensure the promise the Hajj Board gave to pilgrims is enforced.

PILGRIMS ARE NOT ASKING FOR ANY FAVOUR; PILGRIMS WANT WHAT IS DUE FOR THEM

#2022Hajjisscam

Mohammed Tanko (PhD)

Economist and Lecturer

UDS

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