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Pilgrimage : Buhari Directs Activation of BASA With Israel

Posted: Mar 30, 2016 at 4:18 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nedum Noble, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate activation of Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) signed in 2013 with the State of Israel.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), John Kennedy Opara told journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja at the departure of Niger, kaduna and Adamawa pilgrims to the Holy Land under the NCPC Easter pilgrimage programme.
According to the NCPC boss, the activation of BASA would enable the pilgrims to fly direct to Israel thus reducing the long hours of flight.
Mr. Opara commended the Governor of Niger Sdottate for being the first Governor from the North Central to sponsor pilgrims to Israel for the Easter pilgrimage.
He hinted that apart from the spiritual benefits of the Holy pilgrimage, the Commission was partnering with the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture to train the pilgrims on Agriculture under the skill Acquisition and leadership training programme of the Commission.
He stressed that the Commission is using pilgrimage as a tool for moral transformation and spiritual rebirth, commending President Muhammadu Buhari who he said “has made it possible for us to be flying by now”
He enjoined the intending pilgrims to conduct themselves well while in the Holy land and to be good ambassadors of Nigeria in order to come back as change agents.
Mr. Opara further urged the intending pilgrims from Niger State to uphold the Governor in prayer while in Israel, insisting that “it takes a man who loves God to do what the Governor is doing, God will honour you”.