Religious Leaders across the territory have been called upon to educate their members on the spiritual benefits of pilgrimage before the trip to the holy land.
The Director, FCT Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr Audu Vingo Dabara made the appeal at a one day workshop for intending Pilgrims in Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC.
He encouraged stakeholders to prepare their minds towards having an encounter with God.
Mr Dabara further noted that many Pilgrims have had life transforming testimonies through fervent prayer of faith while in the holy land.
In a remark, the Deputy Director, Pilgrims Consular and education, Mrs Rose Onuha said preparation was on top gear.
She enjoined intending Pilgrims to pick up their forms, fill the required information, renew their passport and seek the assistance of the Board where there are challenges.
Also, an Assistant Director of Information, Mrs Janet Audu, who said Nigeria needed prayers more than ever before, expressed optimism that no challenge was insurmountable by God.
On his part, the Deputy Director Administration,Mr Daniel Salka, advised those whose passports are still pending in the Boards’ custody, in anticipation for Government sponsorship,to come and pick up their passport to enable them make plans for self sponsorship.
Responding, the AMAC Chairman, Abudulahi Candido represented by Paul Daniel Danlami promised to assist where necessary.
In their separate paper presentation, the Fct CAN Chairman Rev. Jonah Samson,CAN Secretary- Bishop Michael Akpami and the Board Chaplain-Mr Samson Ozoveshe unanimously agreed that pilgrimage is a search for higher spiritual knowledge that could bring about personal rebirth that would foster national development.
By Remi Johnson/Abuja