By Tunde Johnson
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), has called on Christians to be more peace loving, tolerance and contribute their quota to the growth and development of the country.
Addressing the strategic review meeting of pilgrimage leaders and managers of the 36 states held in Abuja on Wednesday, Tor Uja, Executive Secretary, NCPC, said Nigeria is suffering the deficit of the absence of people for capacity, healing and reconciliation.
He said the meeting was held to address improvement of 2018 pilgrimage and beyond, in a manner that it improves the purposes and objectives set out, also to eliminate all presumptions of the past to build a frame work that will last.
He added that the issues of abscondment during pilgrimage and how leadership can stimulate stability in the country using the gospel and the Christian faith as basis were discussed.
He said: “Nigeria is suffering the deficit of the absence of people for capacity, healing and reconciliation also for addressing issues that emerged at critical times.
“Each time we face crisis, we suffer the deficit of leaders who will bring people together and bring healing balm, that’s why I believe that the Christian faith should be an instrument for development and enlargement of our boundaries.’’
He noted that many of the issues facing the nation today affects youths more directly, he, however, urged the youths to see themselves as solution providers.
“The youths are fundamental parts of we are doing, and this year we will be organising a youth pilgrimage in order to take them along to provide enough mentorship that will groom them into global leaders,’’ he added.