Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed has sponsored 199 christians in the state for 2022 pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Jordan.
Speaking at the farewell message to the intending pilgrims to Jerusalem at Government House, Bauchi, Governor Bala urged them to pray fervently for the peace and security of the state and the country.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Ibrahim Kashim, the governor said that Nigeria needs fervent prayers to overcome its numerous forms of challenges especially insecurity in most parts of the country.
He stressed the need for the pilgrims to take advantage of their presence in the Holy land to seek divine intervention and to be good ambassadors of the state while in the holy land by staying clear of things that is prohibited in the land.
Governor Bala enjoined the intending pilgrims to reciprocate the state government’s sponsorship by praying for the success of his administration as it believes in giving equal opportunity to everyone irrespective of religious, tribal or ethnic inclination.
“My dear Intending Pilgrims, you should imbibe the spirit of devotion in your worship, sacrifice and compassion in your relationship with your fellow human beings. I am happy to inform you that adequate arrangements have been made for your comfort during the pilgrimage.”
The team leader, Mr. Abdon Gin who is the Special Adviser to the Governor on Civil Service Matters, thanked the governor for the support given to the christians community, assuring that all the 2022 pilgrims will be good ambassadors of the state.
Also speaking, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Christians Affairs, Zakka Magaji called on the intending pilgrims to pray for Governor Bala Mohammed to continue with the good works he is doing for the benefit of the state.