By; MOIHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed has tasked Christians to demonstrate the habit of buying seat-tickets for Jerusalem pilgrimage like their Muslim counterparts, rather than seeking government’s patronage to perform the religious exercise.
Mohammed, who recalled with concerns that the last pilgrimage to Jerusalem from Bauchi state had only one pilgrim who paid for his ticket, said the state provides some free seats to both Christians and Muslims for religious obligations on the basis of ratio of their population.
He however, assured the Christians of increased free tickets for the Jerusalem pilgrimage, while encouraging them to actively patronize the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) to enable it achieve the mandate for which it was set up.
The Governor who was speaking on Monday while receiving principal officers of the commission during their advocacy visit to Bauchi, pledged continued support to the commission in order to achieve it desired objectives.
He also commended members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bauchi state chapter for their contributions to the growth and development of the state, saying peace, justice and equity are some of the remedy for the sustenance of peaceful co-existence among members of any society.
Governor Bala told the NCPC Captains, “We are highly delighted to receive you today, Bauchi is achieving its peace initiative with the support of all the people of the state and support of the commission. The commission will definitely go to higher position because of the dynamic leadership of the new Executive Secretary”.
He informed the visitors that people of the state are determined to live with one another peacefully irrespective of their religious differences in an effort to support the government towards maintenance of peace in Bauchi state.
The NCPC Executive Secretary, Reverend Yakubu Pam has earlier commended Governor Bala Mohammed for his all-inclusive governance in the state, recalling the governor’s support to the commission when he was the FCT minister, with an appeal to sustain the gesture for the commission’s assigned responsibilities.
Reverend Yakubu Pam said that the commission was in Bauchi for a one-day sensitization program in preparation for the 2020 Christian pilgrimage scheduled to be conducted in December this year, saying their today’s visit coincided with September 21st declared by UN as International Peace Day.
Pam noted conclusively, “since your assumption to office, we have seen peace, unity among the diverse ethnic groups of the state and governance at the grassroots. We decided to come and give you the honour and to tell Nigerians that there are lessons to learn from Bauchi State”.