The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, says Nigerian pilgrims will now go to the Kingdom of Jordan instead of Israel for this year’s pilgrimage.
Mr Ayuba Pam, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the executive secretary, in a statement on Saturday in Jos saying the NCPC boss said that the decision to shun Isreal for this year’s pilgrimage came after the country’s government insisted that pilgrims must take their own version of COVID-19 vaccines.
He added that the NCPC boss said that Jordan also has over 100 holy sites for pilgrims to visit, insisting it will not change the purpose of the spiritual exercise.
“Jordan has many holy sites just like Israel.
“But the decision to embark on the Jordan pilgrimage was due to Israel’s insistence on Nigeria to accept her own vaccination against the virus.
“Also, the war in Gaza which will provide security challenges to pilgrims is another key reason,” the statement said.