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John Mahama pledges to reduce the cost of Hajj if elected President

June 18, 2024
John Mahama

The flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (), says he will reduce the cost of if elected President in the 2024 general election.

He said the current Hajj cost of GH¢75,000 including airfare and accommodation was expensive.

This, according to him, has prevented some Muslims from fulfilling their pilgrimage to Mecca.

Mr Mahama said this during the congregational prayers for Eid ul-Adha on Sunday [June 16, 2024] with the Ahlussuna Wal-Jamah Muslim group at the forecourt of the State House in on Sunday.

“Our pilgrims are in Mecca performing the Hajj. May Allah bring them safely home to us. Those who have been able to go are the privileged ones because we have had fares at GH¢75,000.”

“It is very difficult for the ordinary Muslim to perform the Hajj but Insha Allah if we [Mahama] win in this election and we come into government, we are going to work to reduce the Hajj fare so that everybody can go,” he said.

He donated of GH¢20,000 and a sheep to the group.

Meanwhile, Mr Mahama in a Facebook post on Sunday said during his time as President, Hajj fares were much more affordable at GH¢11,900/ 

“The current cost of the Hajj pilgrimage is undeniably a significant financial burden, making it challenging for many regular Muslims to embark on this spiritual journey”. 

“Seeing the cost rise to GH¢75,000 is disheartening, leaving many with no option but to seek alternative routes for their pilgrimage. I fully understand the significance of the Hajj pilgrimage and the importance of making it accessible to all. 

The current cost of the Hajj pilgrimage is undeniably a significant financial burden, making it challenging for many regular Muslims to embark on this spiritual journey.

During my time as President, Hajj fares were much more affordable at GH¢11,900.00. Seeing the cost rise to GH¢75,000.00 is disheartening, leaving many with no option but to seek alternative routes for their pilgrimage.

I fully understand the significance of the Hajj pilgrimage and the importance of making it accessible to all.

Earlier today, when I joined the Ahlussuna Wal-Jamah group for their Eid prayers, I stated that when given the opportunity to lead our country once again, I will not only work tirelessly but also strategically to make the Hajj pilgrimage more affordable for the Ghanaian Muslim community, ensuring that no one is left behind. Let us continue to celebrate Eid and pray for peace and prosperity for our nation. Eid Mubarak to all!

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