The chairman of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrimage Commission, Rev. Yomi Kasali, has said states should be encouraged to support pilgrimages.
He recently revealed this in Bethlehem during the ongoing Christian pilgrimage in Israel and Jordan.
He explained that while some may argue that states should not be involved in sponsoring pilgrimages, he argued that the amount of resources devoted to pilgrimage is too insignificant given the spiritual importance of pilgrimage to national development.
Reverend Kasali explained that pilgrimages provide an opportunity for the underprivileged Nigerians to enjoy the benefits of democracy, especially those who cherish their faith.
He described the ongoing Christian pilgrimage in Israel and Jordan as “wonderful, wonderful and quite refreshing”.
He advised pilgrims to use this exercise to reflect on national issues, while admonishing them to make sure they make Nigeria proud and not to use the pilgrimage as an outlet to go into hiding.
The chairman is the leader of the eighth batch of Christian pilgrims currently in Israel and Jordan, made up of pilgrims from Yobe and Borno, including pilgrims on consular missions.