Executive Secretary Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam has urged intending pilgrims to shun acts that might tarnish the country’s image in the Holy Land.
He also urged them to pray for the success of the coming elections and peace in Nigeria.
Deputy Director and Head Media and Public Relations of the commission Celestine Toruka made this known in a statement sent to Church Times
The statement noted that Pam gave the counsel while bidding farewell to about 300 intending pilgrims on Wednesday, February 15 at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
The intending pilgrims were those from Edo and the Federal Capital Territory with some privately sponsored. They were on their way to Israel and Jordan.
While noting that the batch of intending pilgrims was the 7th and last batch before the general elections, Pam said, “I believe you are going to seal up all the prayers other pilgrims and Nigerians have made for the country,” he said
He cautioned them against smuggling illicit substances to the Holy land and any act that would tarnish the image of Nigeria.
“You must avoid anything that will tarnish the image of the country while carrying out your spiritual activities in the Holy land,” he added.
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The NCPC boss expressed happiness that pilgrims from other States had returned to Nigeria without any negative incidents after their visit to the Holy Land.
“I pray you all returned without any single case of abscondment,” Pam said.
In his address, Mr. Audu Dabara , Director FCT Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board told the intending pilgrims that the exercise was a pathway to eternity and should expect some challenges. Still, at the end of the spiritual exercise, they would have cause to rejoice.
He urged them to be orderly and keep to all rules and pray fervently for a better nation.