193 govt-sponsored Christian pilgrims depart to Jordan


No fewer than 193 Christian pilgrims from Taraba and Gombe states depart  the Yola International Airport to Jordan for the 2022 pilgrimage.

This was disclosed by Rev. Yakubu Pam, Executive Chairman of the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, while addressing the intending pilgrims at the point of departure in Yola on Monday.

“164 pilgrims were sponsored by the Taraba State Government and 29 from Gombe out of which three of them were self sponsored, saying the pilgrims would also visit Jerusalem for the ritual.

“I urged you all to be good ambassadors of Nigeria while at the Holy land. I ask you all to endure and persevere the rigors of the religious engagements as they would be visiting numerous historical sites. Pam advised.”

The Chairman, however, called on the pilgrims to pray for continued peace and stability of the nation, considering the current security challenges bedeviling the nation, especially now that the 2023 general elections were fast approaching.

Pam lauded the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for its regular support to the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), stressing it would continue to support government policies and programmes.

He called on the pilgrims to come back safely as anyone who decides to abscond and not return to Nigeria would definitely be apprehended and sanctioned appropriately.

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