By JULIANA AGBO, Abuja The executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Uja Tor Uja has said that pilgrimage to Jerusalem belongs to all churches, and not NCPC alone. Adding that Christians, especially leaders of the church should always make out time from their busy schedules to visit Jerusalem for prayers. Rev. Uja who stated this at the weekend in Abuja during the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship International -Nigeria (FGBMFI) ,strategic breakfast meeting held in his honour, urged members of Full Gospel Fellowship to become the pillar of movement to pilgrimage. He noted that FGBMFI as a fellowship which brings all churches together to communicate with God should organise and mobilise African leaders, especially leaders of the fellowship in other countries who are weaker than Nigeria to embark on special pilgrimage to Jerusalem. "My coming into NCPC today as executive secretary is an opportunity for the church to come...
BY TARKAA DAVID The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a full gospel ministry devoted to the Revival of Apostolic Signs, Holy Ghost fireworks and the unlimited demonstration of the power of God to deliver to the uttermost, absolute holiness within and without as the greatest spiritual insecticide and a pre-requisite for Heaven is taught openly. MFM is a do-it-yourself Gospel ministry where your hands are trained to wage war and your fingers to do battle. At MFM prayer city, prayer goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, non-stop. This because aggressive prayer is considered as an aid to spiritual focus and a check against being overwhelmed by the flesh. Soon after completing his Ph.D. in the United Kingdom, and while working at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya (DKO) summoned a prayer meeting.This was on a Wednesday in 1989 while 24 brethren...
By JULIANA AGBO,  Abuja  The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission(NCPC) has canvassed for the activation of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement(BASA) with the State of Israel to enable pilgrims fly directly to Israel. The Executive Secretary of the Commission Rev. Uja Tor Uja, made the plea on Wednesday in TEL AVIV during a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Ambassador to Israel, His Excellency Mr Enoch Duchi. A statement made available to LEADERSHIP weekend through the Head Media of the Commission, Mr Celestine Ogugua quoted the executive secretary saying, "there were some challenges and conditions needed to get BASA activated", thus he solicited the support of the Ambassador in this regard, adding that, he would want to have local content in the airlift of pilgrims, also to encourage the participation of indigenous airline in the Commission's airlift operations. Rev. Uja informed the Ambassador of the Commission's plan to organise a public procurement workshop for service...
BY TAOFEEK LAWAL, The leadership of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has commended the media for the effective coverage of the hajj activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The chairman/CEO of the commission, Barrister Muhammad Abdullahi Mukhtar gave the commendation during NAHCON meeting with official of states, air carriers and zonal coordinators in Makkah . He thanked the media for its continuous support and asked for stronger ties between the commission and the media to deliver quality services to Nigeria. He added that the media has helped in the area of information dissemination, enquiries and enlightment of the just concluded hajj rites while calling on them not to relent as the last lap of the hajj exercise commences. In the meantime, NAHCON has concluded plans to airlift Nigerian pilgrims to their respective destinations with Gombe State pilgrims to be transported back to the country on September 7. According to the...
By ABU NMODU, Minna and SALIHI ABUBAKAR BELLO, Kano Former head of state, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar and the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Dr Umar Farouk Bahago, yesterday called on Muslims to pray and work for Nigeria’s unity and progress. Speaking after a special prayer to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, they also stressed the need for every Nigerian to work for peaceful coexistence and progress of the country. Specifically, the former head of state expressed joy over the recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari and asked Nigerians to continue to pray for more strength for the rresident as he settles down to work. He also asked Nigerians to pray for former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), who has been on medical vacation in Switzerland and Germany for a safe return. Also, the Etsu Nupe, after the two Rakat Eid prayers led by the Chief Imam of...
The number of Nigerian pilgrims who have died at the current Hajj exercise has risen from five to seven, officials have stated. The chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Mohammed, disclosed this in an interview with journalists at Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia, yesterday. Mohammed had earlier on Tuesday at the pre-Arafat meeting with Hajj stakeholders announced the death of five Nigerian pilgrims. Though the identities of the dead pilgrims were not disclosed, the chairman said the pilgrims were from Kwara, Kogi, Katsina and Kaduna states and had died due to natural illness. “We have lost seven pilgrims due to natural illness. Male and female, particularly from Kwara, Kogi, Katsina, and Kaduna States. No single accident recorded this year. All pilgrims were evacuated in good time. “We will have to say that, so far, so good. Even the mortality recorded this year is the lowest in the last 10 to 15...
The chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Muktar Mohammed, has expressed satisfaction over the hitch-free movement of pilgrims from Makkah to Muna and to Arafat. He said the commission was coordinating well with the state officials to attend to the needs of the pilgrims. Climbing the Mount Arafat is a fundamental aspect of the Hajj rites. “Anybody who knows what Hajj used to be in the past, for you to move from Makkah to Muna, it will be a minimum about eight hours, because of the traffic and the confusion. For you to move from Muna to Arafat, you need nothing less than four to five hours because of the congestion and the confusion. But now, it takes only 10-15 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes, you arrive at your destination,” Mr. Mohammed said. “So, actually, the Saudi system is working perfectly. But, just like any other human endeavour, there is...
About two million pilgrims from all over the world were on the plains of Mount Arafat, yesterday to observe the most essential rite in Islamic Hajj pilgrimage. Prophet Muhammad had underscored the importance of Arafat in the annual Islamic pilgrimage when, according to his companions, proclaimed that any pilgrim unable to make it there cannot be said to have observed Hajj. The head of Nigeria’s national medical team, Ibrahim Kana, said due to the central place of Arafat in Hajj rite exercise, the Saudi Arabian authorities ensured that all sick pilgrims were transported there via special arrangement to enable them to observe the rite. “Saudi Government working in collaboration with all countries ensured that all pilgrims receiving treatment in various Hospitals were brought to observe Arafat,” Dr. Kana said. “Several Nigerian pilgrims including three women, who are on admission at a Hospital in Madinah were in Arafat via a special ambulance arrangement. “The ill...
BY TAOFEEK LAWAL, Makkah, Saudi Arabia A total of about 81,200 Nigerian pilgrims will join over two million of their counterparts from around the globe that commences today. The chairman/CEO of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Muhammad Mukhtar stated this at the pre-Arafat stakeholders conference which held at the Al-Raqiyyah Hall, Khhalidiyyah 2 in Makkah yesterday. The NAHCON boss said number was arrived at as 65,000 pilgrims came through the states' board's and 16, 200 came through private tour operators. He called on all stakeholders to put hands on deck to ensure a hitchfree hajj adding that no one should relent until the pilgrims carry out the haj rites and safely return to their families. He added that the commission will not rest on its oars in ensuring that all the pilgrims get the best services and attention during the exercise. He said the reforms carried out by NAHCON has...
By CHIKA IZUORA Saudi Arabia has to date welcomed 1.497 million pilgrims who have flocked to the country in preparation for the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage, which is due to begin on August 30, 2017. In total, around two million people from across the globe are expected to visit the Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, making it the largest annual international gathering, and which, for many Muslims, is the highlight of their spiritual lives. As one of the five pillars of Islam, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, is mandatory for physically and financially capable Muslims to perform at least once in their lives. The rituals involved are intended to cleanse the soul and demonstrate the equality and solidarity of all Muslims, in their submission to God. The responsibility for organizing the pilgrimage falls on the government of Saudi Arabia, under direct supervision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman...