Rev. (Dr.) Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) has said that the Commission would commence the 2023 Easter pilgrimage exercise to Israel and Jordan on April 26.
The NCPC boss made the remark at Jericho during a prayer meeting with pilgrims of Ekiti, Plateau, Osun, Kwara States, self-sponsored pilgrims in the ongoing 2022 December pilgrimage exercise in Israel.
Pam thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the Commission the enabling environment to operate, as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha for support and effective supervisory role.
He urged the pilgrims to pray for a smooth transition of power in Nigeria on May 29, 2023.
Pam affirmed that the 10th batch of pilgrims which is the last batch of the 2022 December main pilgrimage exercise that commenced on 26th December, 2022 had come to a successful end with the last batch to pave way for the commencement of the Easter pilgrimage exercise on April 26.
He described the last batch of the 2022 December pilgrimage as unique and special, stressing that the excurse afforded every pilgrim the blessing to fellowship together.
The NCPC boss noted that the Commission had been able to live up to the dreams of its founding fathers by ensuring that Christian pilgrimage survives despite all odds.
“In Christ we are one. Your friendship with one another during this pilgrimage will help to build unity for our country,” he said.
While commending the pilgrims for their good conduct and for not using the platform provided by the Commission to escape, thanked the government of Ekiti State for sending the Deputy Governor, Her Excellency Chief (Mrs.) Monisade Afuye to be part of the last batch of pilgrims.
He applauded the participation of Ekiti State, Plateau, Osun and Kwara States who made up the last batch of the 2022 December pilgrimage exercise.
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