June 17, 2009

FG to subsidise pilgrimage

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA— PRESIDENT Umaru Musa Yar’Adua yesterday assured Nigerian Christians wishing to perform the annual Holy Pilgrimage to Israel that the Federal Government will continue to support and subsidise their fares to the holy land.

The President who spoke when he received the reports of the 2008 pilgrimage to Israel from the Federal Government delegation said the successful performance of the exercise was a testimony of the calibre of people involved in the exercise.

“I want to assure you of total support of government to the Christian Pilgrims Commission. I want to thank them for a job well done. Let me assure you that at any given time, government will continue to support and subsidise the exercise of Christian pilgrimage to Israel.

We will support our brothers and sisters who wish to fulfil this holy religious right in any way we can to make sure that they undertake the pilgrimage successfully and come back home and meet us here”.