The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev. Yakubu Pam has urged pilgrimage and Church Leaders to intensify their prayers for Nigeria in order to change its destiny for good.
He made this known during the Stakeholders Pilgrimage Summit for Pilgrimage and Church Leaders in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The NCPC boss stressed the need for Church Leaders in Nigeria to come together as one and pray for peace in Nigeria, irrespective of their denominations. In his words “the leadership of the church will have to forsake their differences and work together to establish and promote peace in Nigeria”.
He explained that there is so much the Church in Nigeria can achieve together because of the power and anointing of God upon the church. According to him, “Do not limit yourself to a particular denomination but as leaders of the church seek to become nation builders and proffer solution to the issues and challenges Nigeria is going through”.
Rev. Pam admonished the Church Leaders to support NCPC and make pilgrimage their project. He further admonished them to encourage christians in their congregations who are financially buoyant to sponsor those who would want to go on pilgrimage but cannot afford it. “The participation of Christians in pilgrimage over the years have reduced, “let us work together to increase the sponsorship of pilgrimage”.
He appealed to the Church leaders to devote a particular Sunday yearly to sensitive and mobilize their congregation on the importance and benefits of pilgrimage. In his words “pilgrimage is one of the dividends of Democracy to Christians in Nigeria, “pilgrimage also goes a long way to strengthen the Christian faith”. He added.
The NCPC helmsman informed that the Commission has reduced the cost of pilgrimage package for this year’s pilgrimage exercise to Israel from N715,000 to N710,000, this is to make pilgrimage more affordable and accessible.
The No 1 Christian Pilgrim Officer of the Federation further informed that the Commission runs 4 pilgrimage programmes in one year; the General pilgrimage which takes place from October – December, the easter pilgrimage; happens during the easter season; the Family and the youth pilgrimage in July and August respectively.
Earlier, the CAN Chairman of Ekiti State , Rev. Father Peter Olowolafe, welcomed the Executive Secretary of NCPC and his team to Ekiti state.
He emphasised that the church is embedded with different gifts and as such encouraged the church leaders to leverage on the gifts to promote christian Pilgrimage and to also promote peace and unity in Nigeria.
He promised that the Church in Ekiti State would work together to promote pilgrimage and to support NCPC and its pilgrimage programmes.