Kaduna sends off first Christian pilgrims to Israel

The first Christian pilgrims from Kaduna State were airlifted from the state airport to Israel.

The airlift was witnessed by the state Governor, Ramalan Yero, who led other top officials of the state government to bid the intending pilgrims farewell at the airport.

Speaking at the airport, Governor Yero said his administration increased the number of Christian pilgrims being sponsored by the state from 468 in 2013 to 567 in 2014.

The governor cautioned the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of Nigeria while in the Holy Land.

“You must not indulge in any action capable of tarnishing the image of Kaduna State and Nigeria,” he said. “I urge you to use the period of the holy pilgrimage to pray for peace in the country, especially as we approach the 2015 general elections.”

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, John Opara, praised Governor Yero for his support to the Christian pilgrimage exercise in Kaduna State.

He applauded Mr. Yero for making it possible for the pilgrims to fly from the state airport for the first time to Jerusalem for the pilgrimage.


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  • ukoette ibekwe

    It is all allegations. There is no how one person can be stealing the amount of money quoted per month without a system shock. And if it happened, every officer in the armed forces will need to be dishonourably discharged. Somebody somewhere would have been aware of what was going on and kept quiet or became part of the stealing. And that is just the air force.
    The Nigerian armed forces are unarguably the most corrupt entity in Nigeria and the history of their corruption is infinite.
    The singular set of the richest class of Nigerians are from and in the military. How did they amass such wealth? Did the armed forces establish secret companies or businesses that we are not aware of. Of course not, their wealth has been by stealing budgetary allocations. Worst of all the years of the military in government was the epic of stealing because their budgets were never scrutinized, few people knew how much were budgeted and how appropriated funds were spent.
    Stealing was perfected by the military and will continue. It is an irony of integrity that the armed forces are supposed to be known for but not the case of the Nigerian armed forces.
    Besides they all take pride in intimidating and killing the person in the street.

  • MammanJiyaVatsa

    Historical write-up !