Christian leaders across the country have expressed their displeasure regarding the plans to take Christians to Jordan for the 2020 pilgrimage.
Many Christian leaders stated that the location for the pilgrimage is not affiliated with the birth or death of Jesus Christ. As such, it shouldn’t be in consideration for pilgrimage. This is despite the Nigerian Christian Pilgrimage Commission stating that its mandate extends beyond getting Nigerians to Israel for the pilgrimage alone.
Despite the unrest in the Middle East, the NCPC is expected to take Nigerians out of the country and into Jordan for the holy pilgrimage on the 29th of May, 2021. This decision by the NCPC is informed by Israel closing its borders.
His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche, the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria expressed confusion as to why this decision was being made.
He said, “Jesus was not born in Jordan. He was baptized at River Jordan. It was there the Holy Spirit came upon him in the form of a dove. That is the importance attached to Jordan. Second, the Jewish people crossed River Jordan on their way to the Promised Land. I don’t know why they want to waste money in Jordan. I don’t know why but they know better. They may have their reason.”
Bishop John Pofi, the national coordinator of the Prayer Force Network expressed his concerns with regards to safety.
“Anybody going to Jordan, as far as I am concerned is going to the Middle East. For the last few days, have you seen the missiles that are going on the air? What if a mistake happened? At this point in time, what does it take to temporarily suspend the pilgrimage in Jordan until Israel opens the borders? If you fly to Israel, you know you are protected. If anything happened in Jordan, who would take the consequences? Safety, we know, is of the Lord. But let us not take anything for granted.”