25 out of the 137 intending Christian Pilgrims for this 12 months’s (2018) pilgrimage from Gombe State have been denied visas by the Israeli authorities.
The Govt Secretary of the Gombe State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr. Joseph Iliya Bega who revealed this throughout the farewell ceremony of the Pilgrims defined that no cause was given by Israel for the denial.
He defined nonetheless that the affected Pilgrims have been pleaded upon and had been requested to ahead names of their selections to interchange them inside the subsequent 4 days from Monday the 31st December 2018.
The Govt Secretary additionally acknowledged that one other eight different Pilgrims had a delay in buying their visas however defined that the delay within the visas can solely delay their departure however is not going to deny them the pilgrimage train.
In his farewell speech, the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Charles Iliya urged the intending Pilgrims to be worthy ambassadors of Gombe State and Nigeria by making certain excessive sense of humility, duty and dedication to the Almighty God.
He referred to as on them to “keep away from all types of evil vices equivalent to drug trafficking, abscondment or any act of indiscipline that may negatively painting the picture of our beloved State and nation”.
He additionally cautioned them to watch out with whom they converse with and what they are saying, shun delicate diplomatic dialogue and all the time conduct their affairs with self-discipline.