Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has cautioned intending Christian pilgrims from the state to Jerusalem, against absconding and engaging in any negative activities during the pilgrimage in the holy land.
While cautioning intending Pilgrims on Thursday in Government House, Minna, Governor Bello urged them to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria at large.
The governor who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane however assured that the number of sponsored pilgrims by the state will increase in the next pilgrimage.
According to him “the essence of the pilgrimage is for you Christians to physically and spiritually fortify yourselves as ambassadors of the Lord and not to abscond. I wish you all a fruitful pilgrimage”.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Pastor Yerima El’Yakim Samaila assured the Governor that the 171 pilgrims for this year’s exercise will pray for the state, country and leaders.
He added that “pilgrimage is not for tourism or business but for Christians to fulfil God’s injunction, pray for our leaders, state, country and for ourselves”.
Acting Director, Christian Department, Niger state Pilgrimage Welfare Board, Joanna Pada thanked the state governor for providing the needed finances, logistics and medical team to ensure a successful pilgrimage.