The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Reverend Yakubu Pam, has advised Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land to pray for peace in Nigeria.
Pam, represented by NCPC Director of Planning, Research and Program Development, Mr. Sonny Ebiyaibo, made this known in Nazareth, Israel during the 2021 main pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan.
This is contained in a statement by Ms. Godiya Mathew, CNPC Information Officer 1, from Nazareth, Israel, on Monday.
Noting the theme of this year’s pilgrimage, “Pilgrimage, Peace for National Development”, he said the theme was born out of the realization that Nigeria faces many challenges.
“Nigeria is currently in a turmoil of serious security breaches and this calls for concern and prayers because without peace we cannot have development in society,” he said.
The CNPC helmsman added that the spiritual component of this year’s pilgrimage was excellent.
According to him, the pilgrims have been focusing and praying in accordance with the teachings of the Bible to improve answered prayers for the country.
“This year’s pilgrimage is special in a special way; this is the first time that the Commission has organized a pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan at the same time.
“Recall that last year the pilgrimage to Jordan was made for the first time, but today we have a double destination,” he said.
In the same vein, the Executive Secretary of Enugu State Christian Pilgrim Welfare Council, Mr. Nestor Ezeme, said that this year’s pilgrimage had been exciting and interesting.
He claimed that all the stories they read in the Bible were real.
“You can see on the faces of my pilgrims that they are happy and full of joy because they have never seen and experienced it before.”
He thanked the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for the privilege and opportunity to come to the Holy Land and experience the holiness of God.
He also appreciated the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Reverend Yakubu Pam, for a well organized exercise.
Ezeme advised the pilgrims to take this opportunity to have a sober moment of reflection and prayers for peace in Nigeria as they visit various sites in the Holy Land.
He urged them to stay focused and of good conduct.