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23rd November, 2016.
Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Uja Tor Uja


The Executive Governor of Imo state, His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha is billed to flag-off the 2016 Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land on November 24, 2016 at Yola International Airport, Jimeta, Yola.

The Executive Governor of Adamawa state, His Excellency, Senator Mohammed Bindow will be the Special Guest of Honour, while the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal will serve as the Distinguished Guest of Honour at the epoch making event. Former Governor of Adamawa state, His Excellency, Dr. Wilberforce Juta, will serve as chairman of the occasion.

These was disclosed in a press release from the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Uja Tor Uja.

All the Governors from the North East and North Central states of Nigeria are expected to grace the occasion as Special Guests.

During the flag off ceremony, His Excellency, Sen. Mohammed Jubrilla Umaru Bindow, Executive Governor of Adamawa state, will be honoured with the award of distinction for outstanding pilgrimage partnership, sponsorship, and support by the leadership of the NCPC. This is for his great support for Christian pilgrimage, partnership with the Church, and support for Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission.

The flag-off ceremony will feature other activities such as prayers, worship, exhortations and speeches from dignitaries as well as distribution of Nigeria-branded souvenirs. It would be rounded up by an inspection of the aircraft and its provisions, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal.

The pilgrimage take-off points would include the Yola International Airport, three other Airports for the airlift of intending pilgrims which are Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The choice of Adamawa for the flag off of the 2016 pilgrimage is to have a shift from the traditional flag off location of the main pilgrimage in Abuja, and also that Adamawa state has demonstrated pilgrimage commitment by having the highest number of intending Christian pilgrims this year.

Intending Christian Pilgrims are also urged to refrain from patronizing unauthorized persons and organizations who try to use the pilgrimage exercise to extort money from Nigerians desirous of performing Christian pilgrimage. Such persons should be reported to the police.

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