The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has called for the promotion of Inter- African Pilgrimage between Nigeria and other neighboring African countries to exchange and extend views in religion and tourism so as to create peace, development, and business opportunities.
The Executive Secretary, NCPC, Rev Tor Uja made this known during a courtesy visit to the Cote d’Ivoire Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Toure Maman in Abuja.
Uja reiterated the need to build a stronger bond, developments and relationships amongst Africans by breaking the colonial code and language barriers.
He said: “Africa is a religious nation that believes in God and so there is need for us to redirect focus on African Pilgrimage, where people come to Nigeria and other African countries for the purpose of pilgrimage.
He advocated the need for French language being made a compulsory language of study in Nigerian schools and English in French speaking African countries to help improve inter-african relationship, understanding and bond.
While commending Cote d’Ivoire for an initiative of International Tourist Exhibition Programme where African nations and other nations outside Africa partake in their cultural, economic, social and religious heritage, he stated that the Commission would be attending this year’s exhibition as it has always done in the past two years.
“We appreciate the government and people of Cote d’Ivoire for all they have been putting in place to project Nigeria’s image in good light and ensure peaceful coexistence. We look forward to building synergy, religious, social, economic relationship, interdependence and brotherhood.
“We believe that Nigeria will stand to benefit a lot from this exhibition that brings people especially Africans all over the world together for fruitful relationship and partnership,” he added.
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