The Oasis Reporters
July 24, 2021
By Asile Abel, Jos
The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev. 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.
Rev. Pam said this while on a Live NTA Jos Network Centre Friday night. He said, the challenge faced by pilgrims during such operations travelling from far distances to Abuja was exposing them to dangers of insecurity as well as dangers to their health.
On why the choice of Jordan as a pilgrimage destination rather than Israel, the ES said that Jordan has many holy sites just as Israel. He said 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, the choice each time can vary.
He said the decision to embark on the Jordan pilgrimage was due to Israel’s insistence on Nigeria accepting her version of the Covid-19 vaccination program, as well as the war in Gaza that may pose security challenges to pilgrims.
He said the purpose of pilgrimage is to invoke the spirit of God upon the land and the people and not necessarily as a tourist attraction.
He said 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 strive to make heaven and not otherwise.
On Direct flight to Jordan the ES praised the efforts of the Plateau state Governor, Simon Lalong for mustering the political will to see that pilgrims to the Holy land are airlifted from Jos airport. He said they will do everything possible to ensure this is sustained onward.
He said, the Commission is not relenting in it’s efforts to ensure an ‘abscondment’ free pilgrimage for the first time as operations like this many things are always sorted out.