Patriotic Muslim Front, a coalition of young Muslim intellectuals, is asking President Akufo-Addo not to renew the appointment of Sheikh I.C Quaye as Chairman of Ghana’s Hajj Board.
According to the group, Sheikh I.C Quaye’s age disqualifies him from supervising activities of intending pilgrims for Hajj 2021.
Sheikh I.C Quaye who is over 80 years, the group added, is beyond the age bracket as directed by Saudi authorities and therefore cannot participate in this year’s Hajj.
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, this year’s guidelines for Hajj have imposed restrictions of age limits of 18 to 65 years for the Hajj pilgrims.
Saudi authorities maintained that the applicants below 18 years and above 65 years of age should not apply for this year’s Hajj.
“So how can you have a Board Chairman who is disqualified to supervise and participate in these activities and still remain at post,” they asked.
Patriotic Muslim Front argued that it will be inappropriate for Shiekh I. C Quaye, who is above 80 years, to supervise this year’s pilgrimage.
The group is therefore urging President Akufo-Addo appoint a new energetic young person to man the affairs of the Ghana’s Hajj Board, stressing that Shiekh I. C Quaye has delivered what he could and must give way to young ones.
They stressed that to impose IC on the good people of Muslim Umma in Ghana shall be resisted.
Shiekh Ibrahim Cudjoe Quaye was first appointed Chairman of Hajj Board by President Akufo-Addo in 2017.
Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to the Holy city of Mecca where Muslims perform various rituals as part of an Islamic obligation.
Each year, millions of Muslims from all parts of the world converge on Saudi Arabia to praise Allah, express appreciation to him for his mercies and also seek blessings and forgiveness for their trespasses as part of the rituals.