A total of ten Nigerian pilgrims were on Tuesday recognised by the management of Tabar Tours, a Nazareth-based tour operator, for their exceptional conduct in the course of their pilgrimage in Israel.
The 10, who are among the group of self-sponsored pilgrims in Israel on holy pilgrimage, were recognised at the Jerusalem Pilgrimage (JP) investiture ceremony held at the Jerusalem Gold Hotel. The JP investiture ceremony is usually the highpoint of the pilgrimage in Israel.
The recognised pilgrims include, Mrs Anthonia Igwe, Mrs Binta Abubakar, Mrs Grace Obi, Mrs Elsie Oni and Mrs Ashade Michael. Others are, Mrs Sholana Olarenwaju, Mr Joshua Odebiyi, Mrs Esther Danlami, Mr Benjamin Ali and Mrs Oyikwu Cecilia.
A senior executive of the tour operator, Mrs Shadia Srour, had earlier thanked the awardees and the entire group for being worthy ambassadors of Nigeria in all their activities in the holy land. Srour urged the pilgrims to replicate in their various communities whatever good lessons they had learnt in the holy land. Srour reiterated Tabar Tours’ commitment to ensuring that pilgrims in the holy land had a good outing and enjoyed their visit to all locations in Israel and other holy sites.
Meanwhile, a cross section of Nigerian pilgrims at the event commended the tour operator and the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission for making the trip successful. Mrs Oni Elsie, one of the awardees, specifically urged Nigerians to invest in holy pilgrimage, noting that the exercise was worth investing in. She said that embarking on pilgrimage to Jerusalem would be beneficial to the moral rejuvenation of the citizenry and the transformation of the society.
Mrs Grace Obi, a pilgrim from the FCT, said that it would be more profitable for Nigerians to spend their resources on pilgrimage than on other pleasure trips to Europe, America and other tourism destinations around the world. She said that apart from the possibility of strengthening ones’ Christian faith through personal and closer experiences with Jesus in Israel, there were a lot of other lessons that pilgrims could take home.
Apart from the special recognitions, other pilgrims were given certificates and accompanying crests by the tour operator as evidence of their participation in the exercise.
Shared from News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)