The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Tor Uja has called on the states in the North without an established Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards to set up one. He made this disclosure at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano during the Maiden flag off of intending Christian Pil-grims to Israel from the Kano International Airport.
He stressed that having the Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards in the states in the North would stimulate development and speed up effective coordination of Christian Pilgrimage activities in the states. He informed that the Commission recently created eight Metropolitan offices across the country to stimulate pilgrimage activities in the metropolitan areas with a view to bringing pilgrimage nearer to the people.
According to him, “NCPC has created eight metropolitan offices, four in the North and four in the South. The states are Kano, Sokoto, Gombe, FCT, Awka, Lagos, Asaba and Port Harcourt.
Rev. Uja commended Governor kashim Shettima of Borno State for his pilgrimage support to Christians in the state especially for sponsoring about 130 Borno Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land of Israel. He described the Borno Pilgrims as veterans who have come out from the battle of in-surgency in the state.
The NCPC boss stressed that the defeat of insurgency in the North East is a new dawn for all the Northern states in Nigeria.
He admonished all Christians who have suffered persecutions in this country not to hold it against anybody.
He stressed that the two faith in Nigeria Christianity and Islam must work together, explaining that the Commission has entered into a working synergy with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to promote pilgrimage and to promote peace in the country.
“We believe that Muslims and Christians can work together for the betterment of ourselves and for the betterment of the society.