Positive news from pilgrims to Jerusalem. Hallelujah, this time the 350 pilgrims to Jerusalem were
self-funded. That is the way God intended it, visit to Gethsemane should have been self funded in the first place, it’s no government place to get involved subsidising faith tourism.
And the news from an excited pilgrim:
“The most striking sight was the Garden of Gethsemane and I believe it was a determining moment for Jesus Christ because it was at that point he took a decision” Mr Makpa Malla.
I am sure Garden Gethsemane is very beautiful. Pilgrims will continue to receive warm welcome from Nigerians as long as government isn’t funding the trip, definitely not when our roads are death trap, power unpredictable, etc.
Maybe one day, Nigeria will create something for others to travel from a far to visit in the country – for now, great to hear the trip is self sponsored.
Given Nigeria most ‘holy’ people have enjoyed free tourism to Jerusalem at the expense of better social care (for example) for citizens in the last few years, now would be a good time for the government to use budget meant for the trip to establish a well deserved project or improve existing program (policing) so that in a few years’ time we can all see what would have been wasted in the name of seeking holiness.
And for Muslims both in the north and south, this can be done too, all we need is for the government to stop the meddling, people whose ambition are to visit Mecca will eventually make it there.
For now, that’s good news.