sponsors 274 Christians on pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan< State Government on Friday said it had sponsored 274 Christians on pilgrimage to the Holy Lands of Israel and Jordan, urging them to pray for the state and Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Christian Pilgrimage is an occasion for Christians (Pilgrims) to step out of their comfort zone to encounter God where He has revealed Himself.
It also entails visiting places associated with the life, times and teachings of Christ especially his birth, passion, death and resurrection.
For Christians, it is an opportunity for quiet introspection and spiritual rebirth; they are expected to return as more dedicated practitioners of the Christian Faith.
Speaking during the inauguration of Batch A of the 2022 Christian Pilgrimage in Enugu, Gov.
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi enjoined them to pray for peace, security, unity and progress of Enugu State and Nigeria as a whole.
Ugwuanyi, who noted that Nigeria was going through strange and difficult times which needed God’s intervention more than ever, urged them to pray for the country.
The governor, who was received by the elated beneficiaries, enjoined them to also “pray particularly that we may love one another as this, in my judgment, is the missing link in our society, for love bears all things (I Corinthians 13:7).” He further told the the pilgrims to equally pray for peaceful electioneering campaigns, successful general elections and seamless transition in Nigeria, in 2023.
“I congratulate the intending Pilgrims for the unique opportunity and thanking the Almighty God for using the instrumentality of his administration to accomplish.
“In keeping with our commitment to deepening the practice of Christian Faith in our State, we are sponsoring 274 Pilgrims, 24 for Jordan and 250 for Israel,” he said.
Ugwuanyi, however, advised them to obey the extant rules in their letter, adding that “the state expects 100 per cent return of our Pilgrims and the handlers should ensure that no one absconded from the trip”.
The governor, therefore, wished them journey mercies and spiritually enriching experiences.
Ugwuanyi earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr Nestor Ezeme, described the governor as “God fearing and the best Pilgrimage Governor in Nigeria”.
Ezeme thanked Gov.
Ugwuanyi for his commitment to God and immense contributions to the success of religious programmes in Enugu State, stressing that they are unprecedented in the annals of the state.
He pointed out that the governor’s faithfulness to God was responsible for his enviable feats in all spheres of development despite the nation’s numerous challenges.
“No wonder you are number one in education, health, rural infrastructure, Judiciary, security, everywhere you are; and you have taken number one in pilgrimage,” he said.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman of Enugu State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Bishop Emmanuel Edeh, expressed profound gratitude to Gov.
Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness in championing the noble objectives of the board.
Edeh who is also the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State chapter, said the Christian community was highly impressed that Enugu State under the watch of Gov.
Ugwuanyi, had been outstanding in sponsoring pilgrims.
“It is on record that talking about Pilgrimage in the South East, it has been Enugu State all the way,” the CAN Chairman said.
He recalled that Gov.
Ugwuanyi was recently conferred with the ‘Best Pilgrimage Governor in the South East Nigeria’ by the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) for committing resources towards the growth and sustenance of Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria.
The cleric encouraged Gov.
Ugwuanyi to hold on tightly to his vision and Christian belief, beseeching God to continue to guide and protect the governor to finish well.
Other dignitaries at the event were Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Enugu State, Bishop Godwin Madu, Director of Special Duties, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Mr. Sunday Udeh, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Religious Matters, Rev.
The Nasarawa State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board has warned intending Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem in the state to desist from any plan to abscond while on pilgrimage.The Executive Secretary of the board, Mr David Ayewa, gave the warning on Monday in Lafia during the 2022 orientation exercise for the intending pilgrims in the state.According to him, pilgrims from the state have kept good records in the past and they should surpass the previous performance.He said that anyone who absconded would be caught and be punished as Israel had one of the best security system in the world.He also informed them that they must receive the complete dose of COVID-19 vaccine before travelling to Israel.Ayewa said that the board had also taken precautionary measures to avoid any conduct that would bring embarassment to the state.He said that out of the 120 intending pilgrims from the state, 117 are government sponsored while three were self sponsored.The secretary assured them that the board had already made arrangements for hotel accommodation and that they would be transported on June 24 from Abuja.On his part, Mr Nicholas Kiba, Zonal Director of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), urged the intending pilgrims to pray for peace and unity of the country.The NCPC representative advised them to adhere to directives from their officials and always move in groups for security reasons while in the holy land.Also, Rev. Sunday Emma, the leader of the team, urged the intending pilgrims not to indulge in any conduct capable of bringing disrepute to the state.Emma who is the Nasarawa State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), promised to provide an exemplary leadership to make the pilgrimage exercise a success.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme featured orientation by the Department of State Services and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, among others on the do’s and don’ts in the holy land.(
The Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) expects that at least 10,000 faithful will go on pilgrimage from Nigeria in 2022.
The 2022 pilgrimage begins in Nigeria from May 31 when the faithful will travel to Israel and Jordan.
NCPC’s Executive Secretary, Rev. Yakubu Pam, made these disclosures on Saturday in Yola when he inspected facilities at the Yola International Airport, one of the take-off points for the pilgrims.
“I’m in Yola to inspect the facilities at the airport as part of preparations for the 2022 holy trip to Israel and Jordan.
“From what I have seen, I am highly impressed that the management of the airport is ready for the exercise.
“We are going to start taking pilgrims to Israel and Jordan from May 31. They will spend five days in Israel and three days in Jordan,’’ Pam said.
He explained that the Yola International Airport would serve about 400 pilgrims from Adamawa and Taraba.
He noted that the visit to Jordan was added because, that was where John the Baptist, baptised Jesus Christ and it was a place where Moses also died.
“Jordan is also a place from where Elijah ascended to heaven alive,’’ Pam said.
He expressed delight that Adamawa government had been giving the commission maximum cooperation.
In his remarks, Dali Jackson, the airport’s Chief of Security, said that its management was ready for the exercise.
“The Federal Airport Authority is ready and Yola International Airport is ready for the pilgrims’ flights,” he said.
Jackson represented the Airport Manager, Malam Dan Musa, when Pam visited.
By Jessica Onyegbula
Rev. Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), has charged Christians on pilgrimage to Jordan not to relent in prayers for Nigeria.
According to Pam, such intercessions had helped the country in overcoming numerous challenges in the past.
Pam gave the charge on Saturday, in Jordan, while addressing Christians on pilgrimage to Jordan.
He said that continuous prayers over the years had helped the country overcome numerous challenges, indicating that the visits to the Holy Land had yielded positive results.
The Executive Secretary urged the pilgrims to pray for Nigeria’s unity, socioeconomic development and sustenance of democracy.
The NCPC Boss described pilgrimage as a sacred period for prayers and devotion.
“It is in the light of the holiness of the Holy pilgrimage that we should not hesitate in offering prayers for guidance for our leaders.”
He urged the pilgrims to see the exercise as a divine call to the service of God and humanity and to be good representatives of Nigeria.
“We, as patriotic citizens and Christians from Nigeria, should specifically offer prayers for workable solutions to the socioeconomic and security challenges confronting the nation.
“Surely, this is one sacred period where prayers of the righteous are promptly accepted and granted,” he said.
Pam urged the pilgrims to imbibe exemplary leadership style of Jesus Christ as epitomised in humility, honesty and integrity.
“This is just few of the sterling qualities that endeared Him to His followers during and after His journeys on earth,’’ he said.
Pam urged the pilgrims to reflect on their pilgrimage and rededicate themselves to the service of God and humanity.
“We have to reflect on our past mistakes and sins and seek for forgiveness for us to become righteous.
“This is the only way we can be able to intercede on behalf of the leaders through prayers, to solve our challenges,” he said.
The NCPC boss also charged the pilgrims to be dedicated to their spiritual services and engage less on social media.
Pam also harped on the need for Nigerians to look out for one another as their brothers’ keepers.
According to him, the current socioeconomic situation is not about being a Christian or a Muslim or Yoruba or Igbo or Hausa but a Nigerian citizen.
“This is the only way we can collectively tackle the numerous challenges confronting our country,” he said.
Also speaking, Executive Secretary, Plateau Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Fr. George Gurap, urged the pilgrims to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocol stipulated by the Jordanian Government to avoid being infected.
Gurap also urged the pilgrims to pray for the economic growth and prosperity of the people of Nigeria at large.(NAN)
By Polycarp AutaThe Correspondents’ Chapel of the Plateau Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has held a special thanksgiving service to honour their fallen colleaguesThe special service was held on Sunday at the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Hwolshe, Jos.Speaking at the event, Chairman of the chapel, Mr Gyang Bere, said the service was to remember members of the group whom died in accident involving the convoy of the former Governor of the state, Joshua Dariye in 2007.Bere said that the thanksgiving was also to seek God’s protection and guardians on members of the chapel whom were still living and practicing the profession.In his pastoral greetings, leading pastor of the church, Rev. Williams Istifanus, called on media practitioners to be professional and hold ethics of the profession in high esteem.Istifanus, who reminded journalists of their roles as the watchdog of the society, advised them to be truthful and desist from reporting fake news.“I want to use this time to charge you to be faithful in your work even to the point of death and to uphold the sanctity of your profession as journalists.“As you know that journalism entails a high degree of public trust; therefore it is imperative for you to keep and observe the professional and ethical standard of your work with all alacrity.“Remember you are the watch dog of the society, as a matter of fact ensure you have a sound and healthy regard for public interest.“Put on truth as your breast plate and the cornerstone of your profession, and strive diligently to ascertain the truth of every event you cover, most especially in this crude generation, where fake news and fictitious stories seem to control and pollute the atmosphere in the society.” Be conscious to imprint an indelible mark in your day-to-day activities as purveyors of information. Be journalists with a difference in this epoch of pessimism. Journalism is very powerful and has the impetus to change the world,”he said.The Cleric further challenged journalists to report issues that promoted peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, rather than issues that would divide the nation.Also speaking at the event, Rev. Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), urged Nigerians to unite for the growth and progress of the nationPam, who was the Guest Preacher at the event, also called on Nigerians to pray and support leaders at various levels to enable them to succeed.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that part of the event was the dedication of a sharon vehicle purchased by the current leadership of the chapel. (NAN)(NAN)
Warring parties in Southern Kaduna on Thursday agreed to an immediate cessation of attacks, kidnappings and cattle rustling following a three-day peace summit.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the peace summit, which held in Kafanchan, was convened by the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) in collaboration with friends of Southern Kaduna.
The warring parties said this in a communique read and signed by the Chairman of the communiqué Committee, Prof. Sunday Agang and his Co-Chairman Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa.
The stakeholders called for collaborative economic activities for the people of Southern Kaduna as a way of promoting harmonious and peaceful co-existence.
According to them, inciting statements and utterances that make people feel alienated should be avoided by all.
While noting that women and youth should be carried along in all formal peace processes, they added that there should be deliberate efforts to ‘recognise and celebrate our differences’.
Other resolutions included, stopping minors from grazing alone, farming on grazing routes and deliberate destruction of farm crops among others.
“The summit recommends that reprisal attacks have been identified as one of the causes of the killings in Southern Kaduna that appears like a justification of the attacks.
“The summit calls on all leaders at local, state and national levels to avoid all that bothers on appearance of taking sides and not being impartial judges.
“We also recommend that there are other serious observations that bother on the end of the killings and conflict that are to be conveyed to the federal and state governments.
“Issues perceived to be the causes of the festering violence will be communicated in separate letters to the President and the Governor of the State,” it added.
In his remarks earlier, Rev. Yakubu Pam, the Executive-Secretary of NCPC, solicited the continuous synergy and collaboration of all relevant stakeholders.
According to him, the state government will do well to make good its promise to implement all agreements reached at the summit.
He called on the state and federal governments to reach out to the victims of the crisis with interventions to enable them rebuild their lives.
The NCPC boss appealed to the state government to always involve the warring parties in decision making processes that affected them.
He appreciated the participants and stakeholders for availing themselves, urging them to quickly swing into action to ensure the purpose of the summit was achieved.
Also speaking, Priscilla Ankut, the Executive-Vice Chairperson of the Kaduna State Peace Commission, said that the state government remained steadfast in stemming violence in the state.
Ankut pointed out that putting humanity above religious and ethnic considerations would bring about quick resolution of the crisis in Southern Kaduna.
She commended the organisers of the summit for the initiative, noting that no amount of effort was too small or too much in the quest for peace.
NAN reports that the summit, which had the theme: “De-escalating Violence in Southern Kaduna” was attended by religious, traditional and community leaders among others.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz
The Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) on Tuesday convened a peace summit to evolve a roadmap for lasting peace in Southern Kaduna.
The Executive-Secretary of NCPC, Rev. Yakubu Pam, who spoke at the summit in Kafanchan, called on the warring parties to take ownership of the peace initiative in the area.
Pam said the commission had provided a platform for dialogue among the communities to resolve their differences.
“Anytime I hear of killings, banditry anywhere in the world it brings me vision of catastrophy, pains, trauma and agony that God’s creation are subjected to.
“Our mission here is to facilitate a peace process through dialogue and negotiations as well as enhancing participation and cooperation among all stakeholders.
“This is intended to bring out those critical salient differences that you believe are the root causes of this conflict and for you to proffer means of resolving them.
“By the positions you occupy in your various communities, we believe you have capacity to influence decisions among your subjects and others.”
According to him, the crisis in Southern Kaduna should be seen as a problem that has solution and not a war that must be won.
The NCPC boss expressed hope that the outcome of the summit would bring about the reenactment of love among the different ethnic nationalities in the region.
He thanked Gov. Nasir El-Rufai for giving NCPC the support to convene the summit, noting that the governor had promised to endorse agreements reached.
The former Chief of Defence staff, Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) said the recent crisis predated the current administration and appealed to the governor to ensure that it was resolved during his tenure.
“I want to appeal, particularly to our governor that truly the violence in Kaduna did not start today and is older than many of us.
“But how does he know that he is not the one God has decided to come and end this violence.
“Why doesn’t he take a chance and write his name in history so that what many people have failed to do by the grace of God he could do it,” he added.
Agwai, who was represented by Mr Dare Akau, maintained that the government needed to do more in its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property.
Also, the Secretary-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) in Kaduna State, Ibrahim Kufena, called for forgiveness from all sides.
Kufena noted that it would take the support and cooperation of all relevant stakeholders for peace to be restored in the area.
Meanwhile, a Security and Conflict consultant, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, has implored participants to be frank in their submissions as only then could a solution be found.
Bogoro, also Executive-Secretary of TETFUND, advocated for more Federal and State presence in Southern Kaduna.
NAN reports that the peace summit with the theme: De-escalating Violence in Southern Kaduna, is being attended by all relevant stakeholders in the area.
Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed
The Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) says it is collaborating with the Northern Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Jama’atu Nasrul Islam (JNI) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to end the killings in Southern Kaduna.
Rev. Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary of the commission, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Jos.
Pam, who described the killings in Southern Kaduna as “unfortunate”, urged key stakeholders in the area to stop the blame game syndrome and work collectively to end the unrest.
The executive secretary, who commended Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai for the proactive steps taken to curb the situation, urged him and the Federal Government to reach out to the devastated and displaced communities.
“I am deeply touched by the recent turnout of events in Southern Kaduna, where innocent lives and property worth millions are destroyed.
“I wish to commend critical stakeholders in Kaduna, particularly the state governor, for the proactive steps so far taken to protect and secure lives of innocent persons in the rural communities.
“I appeal to the Kaduna State Government, the relevant federal government agencies and humanitarian organisations to urgently reach out to the affected communities across the affceted localities, where many are displaced with the aim of addressing their plights.”
Pam called on people in the affected communities to remain calm, law abiding and report suspicious activities or persons in their communties to the security agencies.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)