By Andrew Ikehi in Amman, Jordan
The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, the Revd. Yakubu Pam, has given a thump-up to the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, describing him as one of the best Governors in the county that has the interest of his people at heart.
Pam who stated this in Jordan while receiving the Delta State Christian delegation who are currently on Pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Jordan, called on Deltans to reciprocate same love to the State Governor by supporting him and his administration in order for him to finish strong.
Speaking at Mount Nebo in Jordan where Moses was believed to have died and buried, Pam who also received the Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Farouk Malami Yabo at the mountain, particularly enjoined Delta Christians to use the opportunity of the Pilgrimage to pray fervently for the Governor and his cabinet.
He said; ‘I am happy to welcome all of you here to Jordan for the 2020 Christian Pilgrimage. This Pilgrimage was supposed to have held last year, 2020, but for the Covid 19 pandemic.
“Today, you will realise that we didn’t travel to our usual place, Jerusalem. This is as a result of the fact that Israel is still on lockdown over the ravaging Covid-19 Global pandemic.
“However, to God be the Glory, you all are here today in Jordan for same exercise. I must commend President Muhammadu Buhari for graciously approving that we should, on the alternative, observe the Pilgrimage here in Jordan.
‘Again, and most importantly, the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) under my leadership must appreciate the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for his support in allowing you to observe this year’s pilgrimage.
‘It is obvious that the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa is a man that loves God so much as well as his people; he is indeed a man that keeps to his words.
“Governor Okowa is a Governor that I will boldly say that other Governor’s should go and learn from. He is indeed a man that knows the secrets of blessing.
“He knows that by sponsoring pilgrims to the Holy Land that there are lots of blessings attached to it and he has done very well.
“So many of you may not know what the State Governor has done. Even with the Stipends that he has agreed to give you for this trip, a lot of you will use it to pay your Children’s school fees, pay your rent and beyond that, you all are here to have your personal encounter with God. That alone is gracious”, Pam said.
He, therefore advised the Pilgrims to justify the State Government’s huge investments in the exercise by remaining worthy ambassadors of the State and the country at large.
On his part, the Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Farouk Malami Yabo stressed the need for Nigerians to begin to eschew all forms of Religious, Ethnic and Political bigotry and embrace peaceful co-existence, tolerance and Unity of the Nigerian State.
Yabo, who gave the charge while addressing the over 300 Delta pilgrims at the Mountain where Prophet Moses was believed to have died and buried eulogised the Kingdom of Jordan for its peaceful co-existence and tolerance, irrespective of its differences in religious belief and affiliations stressing that the Kingdom has been recording improved socio-economic development as a result of its peaceful co-existence and tolerant dispositions.
He called on the Nigerian Government and its people to take a cue from the Kingdom of Jordan in relation to its peaceful co-existence in order to take the country to its destined heights and glory.
The Nigerian Ambassador to the Holy Land, commended the Delta delegation for their comportment during the Pilgrimage just as he sued for sustained prayers for the country (Nigeria).
His words; “I am sure that for the few days that you are here, you can feel the aural of peaceful co-existence that this country, Jordan enjoys.