Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev. Yakubu Pam has said the Nigerian government can learn so many things from the kingdom of Jordan especially in the area of security and agriculture.
Pam disclosed this in Abuja, recently, while briefing journalists on the success of the just-concluded pilgrimage operation in the kingdom of Jordan.
The executive secretary, who described Jordan as a peaceful place urged Nigerians to give peace a chance for socio-economic development in the country.
Speaking further, Pam said that, “During the 2020 pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Jordan, both on the spiritual aspect and physical aspects. In the spiritual aspect, the pilgrimage exercise removed the doubts in the heart of Nigerians, we have gone to see where Jesus was baptized, where Elisha was taken to heaven, we have seen the practical place where John the Baptist had his ministry and we have seen where Moses stood and saw the promised land- these Holy sites are practical places we learn in the bible that help us strengthen our faith.
On the physical aspect, Jordan is a peaceful place we can borrow from. In the day, in the night, and anytime we did not see or hear anything like kidnapping or anything like killings or religious crisis. They have about 10percent of Christians and 90 percent Muslims. Both Christians and Muslims occupied high positions in the government but what is more important to them is not about religion but all about you being a Jordanian and we are to learn from the practical instances of Jordan living together, loving themselves and also learn from their agricultural aspect that we have been talking about. Though Jordan is a desert, we see them growing food, and are interested in agriculture and do with their whole of their hearts.”
Speaking on the experience of the 2020 pilgrimage exercise, the NCPC boss expressed his satisfaction over the comportment of pilgrims in the Kingdom of Jordan, saying that this was the first pilgrimage that Nigeria recorded zero abscondment.
“We are happy to announce that for the first time, the first pilgrimage to the kingdom of Jordan we did not record any abscondment, the whole people that went came back to Nigeria.
“We are very happy with Jordanian authority for the way they granted us a red carpet reception and beyond the reception, they were willing to serve us in the areas of need when we were there. We felt accommodated as if we were in our own houses, in fact, we were and given first-class treatment in all our transactions and in all our going up and down in the Holy Sites.
Pam revealed that over 2000 pilgrims and eight batches from Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, and Port Harcourt were airlifted and all came back successfully.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the 2020 maiden Pilgrimage to Jordan commenced on 24th August, 2021 with the inaugural flight from the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heigpang, Jos.
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