Amidst the ongoing bloody conflict between the State of Israel and Hamas militant group which has claimed hundreds of lives, the Federal Government has warned Nigerian pilgrims against making illegal and unauthorised trips while in the holy land.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam, handed down the admonition as the Lagos State authorities suspended the planned airlifting of pilgrims in the state on Monday.
Speaking at an orientation programme for the intending pilgrims for the last batch of the Easter pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan, Pam said any pilgrim who engaged in any illegal act would be deported.
“The commission would not hesitate to deport any pilgrim who plans to abscond during pilgrimage,’’ Pam warned.
The orientation programme for the intending pilgrims was held both in Abuja and Lagos, respectively and supervised by the Mobilization Department of the commission.
Pam assured intending consular and self-sponsored pilgrims that their safety remained a “top priority of the commission.’’
He further expressed optimism that the crisis in Israel would soon de-escalate and would afford the last batch of pilgrims the opportunity to visit Israel from Jordan.