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03rd January, 2017.
The last batch of the pilgrims to the Holy Land Israel alighting from the aircraft on returning to Nigeria at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja on Saturday.

NCPC boss described 2016 pilgrimage as quite successful

The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Tor Uja has described 2016 pilgrimage exercise as quite successful.

The 2016 Christian pilgrimage to Israel, Rome and Greece was flagged off on 24th November, 2016 in Yola, Adamawa state capital.

By this, the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission officially commenced the airlift of intending pilgrims to the holy land from that day.

The exercise this year has been adjudged successful despite commencing operation very late. Aside Israel, the commission provided some pilgrims the opportunity to visit Rome and Greece. A full flight was dedicated for pilgrims who visited Rome and Greece.

Pilgrims in their thousands participated in the 2016 pilgrimage which comprised self sponsored pilgrims and state sponsored pilgrims from Adamawa, Benue, Delta, FCT, Niger, Plateau, Enugu, Kebbi, Ondo, Oyo, inter-alia,

On 25th December, 2016, the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission organized a church service tagged "Jesus convocation for Nigeria" on Mount Zion at ST. Peter in Galicantu church in Jerusalem. This was the first time an event like this was organized for Nigerian pilgrims on Mount Zion.

The Executive Secretary of NCPC, Rev. Tor Uja led the service alongside with other clergy. Most of the states pilgrims present at the event rendered special songs during the service. Prayers were offered for Nigeria and its leadership.

The last batch of intending pilgrims to Israel departed Nigeria on 20th December, 2016 and returned on 31st December after a successful pilgrimage exercise in the Holy land.

The aircraft landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 6:05am local time with thunderous songs and praise to God by pilgrims for a successful pilgrimage exercise.

One of the Pilgrims, Justice (Mrs) Mary Abonu, the wife of the Benue state Deputy Governor, described her experience in the Holy land as awesome.

In the same vein, the leader of delegation for Niger state pilgrims, Dr Eliyakim Yarima thanked God for His mercies and benevolence.

While the Head of delegation for Plateau pilgrims who is also the Head of the state Civil service, mr Izam Azi adjudged the conduct of the state pilgrims as good and commendable.

The Hon. Commissioner of Urban Dev, who was the deputy leader of the Plateau pilgrims, Arch. Sam Galadima described the experience as spiritually enriching. He advised that Christians should endeavour to visit the Holy Land at least once in their life time.

It is therefore instructive to sress that most of the pilgrims who made up the last batch celebrated their Christmas in Jerusalem.

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