By Augustine Aminu
The executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Dr Uja Tor Uja, has stated that Christian pilgrimage is a strong instrument for international diplomacy.
He stated this yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while welcoming the final batch of Nigerians that embarked on pilgrimage to Israel for 2018.
He said “Nigeria is the only country in the world that currently operates a well-programmed and organised pilgrimage.”
“This is the best pilgrimage excise we have had since I came into NCPC. It has been well-organised, very well-managed and also our programmes are really all perfectly put in place. Everything that was done wrong in the past have been corrected, the pilgrims are happy and even the service providers are all excited.
“We have been able to beat down the number of people that absconds and we have also increased the spiritual and development of pilgrims, giving attention to praying for Nigeria and also focus on the art of agriculture and technology and everybody has returned and we are happy.
“We are also happy because it’s time to develop Nigeria; we believe that Nigeria is a nation that should stand tall among other developed nations,” he said.
According to him, those who have had the opportunity of embarking on pilgrimage to Israel should consider themselves lucky to have had that spiritual benefit which can open up unique dimensions for national rebirth.
Uja urged the pilgrims to use the experience acquired in Israel to “tell big stories about ourselves and our country.”
“You should be exemplary personalities so as to contribute your quota to the growth and development of this country,” he said, noting that “good governance cannot be achieved without individual and collective efforts.”
“Nigeria has what it takes to develop a nation, humanly and spiritually. Our prayer capacity is higher than that of other nations of the world put together. Nigerian Christian pilgrimage has shown its capacity in leadership through pilgrimages. Nigeria is the only nation in the world that has the most organised Christian pilgrimage in the world. Nigeria has a lot to share to other countries of the world.”