Pilgrimage to Israel is not for tourism, by board

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Christian pilgrimage Welfare Board (BCPWB), Mr Daniel Shawulu has reminded intending Christian pilgrims that pilgrimage to Israel is not tourism but spiritual duties.
Shawulu gave the advice during the screening of intending pilgrims in Bauchi on Tuesday.
He said that going for pilgrimage to Israel was not for tourism but purely a spiritual activity.
"You are expected to pray for the success of the pilgrimage and for other members of the group.
"Pilgrims make effort to accept other people’s different spiritualities and others’ need for quiet times," he said.
The executive secretary urged the intending pilgrims to concentrate on the practising and the tenant of Bible and continue praying for the peaceful co-existence of the state and the entire country.
Shawulu pledged to provide conducive transition for the smooth air-lifting of pilgrims to holy sites.

Ambassador Kohwo Evelyn Farry-Okuaobaya, the desk officer, women and representatives of the Nigeria Christian pilgrims Commission (NCPC) at the screening charged the intending pilgrims to remain faithful.
"Intending pilgrims should be faithful to the reason that took them to Holy Land and should also remain morally well.
She urged them to shun crime.
Evelyn warned the intending pilgrims against taking along with them contraband or any prohibited items to the Holy Land.
Also, the Chairman of BCPWB, Reverend Jaja Dangi, charged the intending pilgrims to be ambassadors of the state and the country.
"In the Holy Land I urge you to be law-abiding citizens of Nigeria and conduct yourself well.
"The happiest pilgrims are the most relaxed. They don’t expect everything to go smoothly. They don’t get stressed over delays, itinerary changes or bad weather. They tolerate different people, customs and foods with an open mind.
"So don't go misbehaving in the Holy Land; give your country and the state a good representation," he said.

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