The Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has said the President Bola Tinubu/Shettima administration is running an inclusive government for national interest for all Nigerians.
In a statement released on Monday, Pam Yakubu, the executive secretary of the NCPC, praised President Tinubu for calming tensions during the campaign period that were caused by politicians who stoked concerns that persecution of Christians would start after he was elected.
While assessing the President’s first 100 days in office, Pam who is also Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) North Central Zone also expressed appreciation for President Bola Tinubu administration’s excellent support for NCPC which is Nigeria’s sole facilitator of Christian pilgrimage.
Pam was said to have said this over the weekend after meeting with the president at the State House in Abuja.
“Last Friday, we briefed Mr President on the activities and mandate of NCPC and plans for Christian pilgrimages to Israel, Rome, Jordan and Greece; it is an opportunity for hundreds of Christians to have prayer retreats and we are immensely appreciative of this administration’s unwavering support.
“Many will recall that during the electioneering period few months ago, some politicians stirred up dangerous sentiments and apprehensions by alleging that Nigeria was about to be converted to one religion but we thank God that this administration embraces all,” he stated.
He also mentioned about the aggressive use of disinformation and misinformation against Nigeria’s political leadership as a potent threat against democracy, unity and peace.
Pointing out that Nigeria faces numerous challenges in its bid towards actualizing genuine populist developmental goals of the current administration, he emphasized that Nigeria’s politicians and their supporters must rise above dangerous propaganda and the dissemination of mischievous information that threaten national unity, peace, and progress.
Yakubu also disclosed plans to organize a ‘Peace Walk’ that would enable those who believe in the peace and unity of Nigeria to send a potent message to adherents of all religions about collective resolve to support all efforts aimed towards the actualization and sustenance of peace nationwide.
He further stressed the need to overcome hate and embrace peace and forgiveness, noting that as a Christian, he has chosen to forgive mischief makers who made unjustified allegations against him and tried to rubbish his personal sacrifice towards the election of President Bola Tinubu by false claims that he was anti-Tinubu.
“I have chosen the path of forgiveness,” Reverend Pam stated with conviction, emphasizing the values of reconciliation, compassion, and understanding.”
Quoting the Holy Bible, he referenced verses that emphasize the power of forgiveness, pointing out that all Nigerians must embrace this teaching as a foundation for fostering unity and harmony.
While urging politicians to eschew divisive tactics and focus on the collective goal of national progress, he confirmed that Nigeria Police, through its Force Criminal Investigation Department, had formally written to his lawyers about the lack of substance in malicious allegations concocted against him by two faceless persons and their unregistered organizations.