Pilgrimage to Israel now seamless, says PFN
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has said that Christians who intend to perform their pilgrimage to Israel can now do so, seamlessly without going through the Nigerian Pilgrims Welfare Board (NPWB).
The National Deputy President of PFN, Archbishop John Praise Daniel disclosed this in Lagos while addressing journalists after their last quarter National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
Archbishop Daniel stated that the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Freeman visited the association’s national secretariat and discussed issues on pilgrimage to Israel, irrigation, agriculture and Israel’s plan to donate machines that could help the Federal Government purify water.
The deputy president who said that they had a mutual discussion with Freeman, said: “He also mentioned that nobody needs to go through Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Board (NCPB) to visit Israel on pilgrimage. Anybody, or group of people that want to visit Israel can now do so on pilgrimage and not necessarily going through the organ of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC). Those who want to go to the Holy Land can do so without any bottlenecks. We are really glad that the ambassador said this himself.”
Daniel noted that people choose to go through NCPC because of government’s cost-cutting measures on pilgrimage.
He said: “Plans are on ground to direct flight from Lagos to Abuja and from Abuja to Tel Aviv to make things easier for travellers; so, if you have your money and you can pay your hotel bills and so on, arrangement will be made for you.”
The Archbishop who said that the Christian body is seriously praying for the peaceful conduct of 2023 polls, enjoined Nigerians to preserve their Permanent Voter’s Cards and vote for candidates who have the capacity and integrity to unite the country at all fronts.