Reverend Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), has praised the Tinubu/Shettima administration for taking purposeful strides to ensure inclusion for all Nigerians since taking office.
He urged the administration not to waver in its efforts to make the country a better place.
Pam made this statement as part of his evaluation on the administration’s first 100 days in office.
He also praised President Tinubu for defusing the tension caused by political campaign rhetoric that instilled dread about the Muslim/Muslim ticket.
In an interview with media in Abuja over the weekend, the NCPC Executive Secretary stated that he visited the Presidential Villa on Friday to express gratitude to President Bola Tinubu and his government for their tremendous support for the NCPC, which is Nigeria’s sole facilitator of Christian pilgrimage.
“Last Friday, we briefed Mr President on the activities and mandate of NCPC, as well as plans for Christian pilgrimages to Israel, Rome, Jordan, and Greece; it is an opportunity for hundreds of Christians to have prayer retreats, and we are enormously grateful for this administration’s unwavering support,” he said.
“Many will recall that during the electioneering period a few months ago, some politicians stirred up dangerous sentiments and apprehensions by alleging that Nigeria was about to be converted to one religion, but we thank God that this administration embraces all,” he said.
Pam, who is also the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), North Central Zone, which includes Plateau, Nassarawa, Benue, Niger, Kogi, Kwara, and FCT, believes that the aggressive use of disinformation and misinformation against Nigeria’s political leadership is a serious threat to democracy, unity, and peace.
He emphasised that Nigeria confronts several hurdles in realising genuine populist development goals as envisioned by the current administration.
Pam urged Nigerian lawmakers and supporters to rise above hazardous propaganda and the spread of false information that endangers national unity, peace, and progress.
He also revealed intentions to organise a ‘Peace Walk’ to allow individuals who believe in Nigeria’s peace and unity to send a powerful message to adherents of all religions about their resolve to support all activities aimed at the actualization and maintenance of peace nationally.
The clergyman also emphasised the importance of overcoming hatred and embracing peace and forgiveness, noting that as a Christian, he has chosen to forgive miscreants who made unjustified allegations against him and tried to discredit his personal sacrifice towards President Bola Tinubu’s election by false claims that he was anti-Tinubu.
He declared, “I have chosen the path of forgiveness.”
He cited scriptures from the Holy Bible that emphasise the power of forgiveness, emphasising that all Nigerians must embrace this message as a foundation for creating unity and harmony.
While urging politicians to avoid divisive tactics in favour of focusing on the common goal of national progress, he confirmed that the Nigeria Police Force, through its Force Criminal Investigation Department, had formally written to his lawyers about the lack of substance in malicious allegations levelled against him by two faceless individuals and their unregistered organizations.