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December 25, 2014 11:51 am

Christian Pilgrims From Nigeria Flock to Israel

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14,000 Nigerian Christians made the pilgrimage to Israel in 2014. Photo: Twitter.

Around 14,000 Christians from Nigeria have been transported to Israel this year on a pilgrimage “for moral and spiritual transformation,” the head of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission has announced.

John Kennedy Opara was speaking while addressing the last batch of pilgrims at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Abuja, as they prepared to fly to Israel.

“Christmas is all about the celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ and you people are going to celebrate him in his own birth place,” Opara said. “It is something that many people would love to celebrate in the Holy Land.”

Opara said that arrangements for a further pilgrimage to mark Easter in 2015 were already in place, and that 3,000 pilgrims had signed up so far.

Some of the pilgrims are residents of Kaduna state, where Christians are a minority and where Islamic Shari’a law prevails in Muslim majority areas. At the end of November, the governor of Kaduna, Ramalan Yero, was praised by Opara “for making it possible for the pilgrims to fly from the state airport for the first time to Jerusalem for the pilgrimage” – in 2014, 567 of the Nigerian pilgrims who visited Israel were from Kaduna, the site of brutal and frequent attacks on Christians by the Islamist Boko Haram terrorist organization.

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  • charlie johnson

    It is sad that these good people return to their homes to be confronted by murdering demons that kill and destroy all good and claim that god gave them the authority to do so. The rifle the carry on this mission is designed and manufactured by a godless nation. it has brought death to more than any other weapon in history.

  • Jonah

    As Christians are celebrating peace on earth, sharia law and the caliphate are celebrating the release of hell on earth.

  • john jones

    Dont mind the hypocrites. Many of them will end up denied by God as He says He doesn’t know them on judgement is not the number of times you go to Jer6 thst count But whether or not you have built the temple in your hesrt. Parasites faking piety. What good have you fone lately. God is not mocked and fake as much as you wsnt you will end up in only one place and that is HELL

    • John Iam lost with your line of comment.Who is the hypocrite here?