The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has urged intending Christian pilgrims from the state to be good Ambassadors of the state and Nigeria at large.
Governor Bello, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, made the call in the Governmrnt House in Minna, the State Capital.
He also cautioned the intending pilgrims against absconding and engaging in any negative activities during the pilgrimage in the holy land.
The Governor promised to increase the number of sponsored pilgrims by 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.