Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, says airlift of Christian Pilgrims from Jos to Jordan will reduce the hardship.

Written by on July 24, 2021

The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Reverend Dr. Yakubu Pam, has said the airlift of Christian Pilgrims from Jos to Jordan was going to reduce the hardship being faced by Pilgrims from Jos who had to travel under severe risks to Abuja.

Reverend Pam disclosed this while speaking on National Television, noting that the challenges faced by pilgrims during such operations travelling from far distances to Abuja was exposing them to dangers of insecurity and health wise.

On why Jordan not Israel, the Executive Secretary said Jordan has many holy sites as well as Israel, adding that there are more than 100 holy sites all over the world and by the mandate given to the Commission by the 2007 Act of Parliament that Established it.

Reverend Pam explained that the decision to embark on the Jordan pilgrimage was due to Israel’s insistence on Nigeria to accept her version of the covid19 vaccination; and the war in Gaza which will provide security challenges to pilgrims.

He maintained that the purpose of pilgrimage was to invoke the spirit of God upon the land and the people and not a tourist attraction, pointing out that just as Moses couldn’t enter the Promised land when he viewed it from Mount Nebo in Jordan, the lesson for the pilgrims to draw from this is for them to strife to make heaven and not otherwise.

The Executive Secretary praised the efforts of the Plateau state Governor, Barrister Simon Lalong for mustering the political will to see that pilgrims to the Holy land are airlifted from the Jos airport to Jordan adding that they will do everything possible to ensure this is sustained onward.

Reverend Pam said the Commission is not relenting in ensuring an abscondment -free pilgrimage for the first time as operations like this many things are always sorted out.

Anthony Samuel

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