The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), has screened 150 christians in Bauchi State for 2022 pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan which was sponsored by the state governor, Bala Mohammed,
During the exercise on May 18, 2022, Sunny Udeh, the NCPC Deputy Director, Special Duties, expressed satisfaction with the maturity exhibited by the intending pilgrims.
Udeh commended governor Bala for sponsoring christians to participate in the pilgrimage, He, however, urged well to do individuals to emulate such by investing in sponsoring local pastors and church cleaners.
His words: “We are here in Bauchi to supervise the screening of intending pilgrims to ensure that all intending pilgrims meet up the requirements to enable them embark on the spiritual exercise. Our committee will ascertain whether all forms were properly filled, information provided were true and if they are fit to undergo the pilgrimage.
“His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State is a friend of the commission even during his tenure as the FCT Minister. Visiting holy land is for the good of the state and the country because the spiritual perspective is educative.
“My appeal is not for the Governor of Bauchi State but for the well meaning Nigerians to extend their hands of fellowship to christians especially local pastors and church cleaners to embark on the holy pilgrimage.”
The NCPC official urged the intending pilgrims to be honest in their dealings and be good ambassadors of their state while in the holy land in order to have an acceptable pilgrimage.
On his part, the Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Samuel Haruna, urged the intending pilgrims to justify governor Bala’s gesture by supporting and praying for the success of his administration while in both Israel and Jordan.
Haruna extolled the governor for supporting religious activities in the state despite the economic situation of the country.
“Today we have conducted a very successful exercise and I want to express our gratitude to governor Bala Mohammed for his support to the board and for supporting religious activities in the state,” Haruna said. “Despite the economic situation in the country, the governor sponsored 150 from the state and has provided all the necessary support for the conduct of the spiritual exercise.”