The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, on Thursday hailed Christian pilgrims for their excellent conduct and zero abscondment in the ongoing 2020 pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Jordan.
Pam, who applauded the pilgrims while addressing the 5th batch that had just arrived Jordan, said the first, second and third batch had concluded their exercise and returned to the country with zero abscondment record.
He admonished the pilgrims to conduct themselves in an orderly manner as the Jordanian government is on the watch of those who will want to abscond.
“We are very serious over the issues of abscondment. We have recorded zero abscondment for the first, second and third batch, I am very happy over that.
“The character and behaviours of Nigerians have been commendable by the Jordanian government and we want them to improve more on it.
“For we are here to show Christ like behaviour of Jesus Christ. We are here to pray for our country and we need to represent Nigeria both in character and behavour.”
Pam said there were so many spiritual sites the pilgrims will visit in Jordan during the exercise, adding that pilgrimage will also continue in Jerusalem once the country open their border.
He explained that there were more than 70 spiritual sites in Jordan and the pilgrims will visit Gedara which is connected with one of the miracles of Jesus on the casting of demons.
Others are Zarqa River, identified with biblical river Jabbok where Jacob crossed on his way to Canaan after leaving Harran, Pella; one of the most ancient sites in Jordan and Mukawir, the hilltop stronghold of Herod.
According to him, other sites to be visited are Hisbon, Madaba, Nazareth Church, Bethany and Dead Sea among other.
He urged the pilgrims to pray fervently for Nigeria to overcome the current challenges facing it and applauded the Jordanian government for the warm reception accorded the pilgrims.