By Abbas Bamalli
The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Tor Ujah, has urged Christian pilgrims from Borno to pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari while in the holy land.
The Executive Secretary made the call while bidding the first batch of Christian pilgrims to Israel farewell from the Aminu Kano International Airport on Friday.
Uja said, “The President, who is in United Kingdom for a medical checkup, needs your prayers for a speedy recovery to enable him to continue with the good work he has started because you are now traveling to a holy land.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the journey, which took place at about 1:30 a.m., had 130 pilgrims from Borno.
While urging the pilgrims to be good ambassadors, he also warned them against absconding at the holy land.
Uja commended the Borno Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, for sponsoring the 130 pilgrims and urged other northern governors to emulate the gesture.
He said the gesture was “to heal a people that unnecessary war had ravaged.’’
The secretary praised the governor for his commitment and purpose in spite of the years of security challenges in the state and the entire North East.
He urged the northern governors to give equal treatment to Christians in their land because such was capable of uniting the two religions.
“I want all the northern governors to establish the Christian Pilgrims Commission in their states to make traveling easy for the pilgrims,” he said.
Before their departure, the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Borno Chapter, Bishop Naga Williams, commended Shettima for sponsoring the pilgrims.
He also commended the Kano State Government for doing same for Christians in the state.
According to him, the gesture by the two states is worth commendation because it is an indication that both Islam and Christianity are one